Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) Food Challenge Initiative Team article in the PAI November Edition
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Mass food challenges in a vacant COVID-19 stepdown facility: Exceptional opportunity provides a model for the future
Internationally, the COVID-19 pandemic severely curtailed access to hospital facilities for those awaiting elective/semi-elective procedures. For allergic children in Ireland, already waiting up to 4 years for an elective oral food challenge (OFC), the restrictions signified indefinite delay. At the time of the initiative, there were approximately 900 children on the Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) waiting list. In July 2020, a project was facilitated by short-term (6 weeks) access to an empty COVID-19 stepdown facility built, in a hotel conference centre, commandeered by the Health Service Executive (HSE), Ireland. Click here to read the full article below.