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QR Code-Linked System Could Improve Adrenal Crisis Management in Addison Disease

When a patient experiences an adrenal crisis associated with Addison disease (primary adrenal failure), hydrocortisone and fluid resuscitation must be given immediately in order to prevent hypotensive shock and death. A recent clinical audit evaluated healthcare professionals’ management of adrenal crisis, and found that there is a clinical need to improve the acute management of this life-threatening condition. Each participant completed a questionnaire about care, confidence in managing an adrenal crisis, and the feasibility of using a Quick Response (QR) coded bracelet. The QR-coded bracelet, developed by the researchers, was designed to be linked to a website dedicated to patient information on steroid replacement therapy.

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