Australian Hospital Guidelines for MCS and Chemical Sensitivity

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MCS/Chemical Sensitivities: Hospital Guidelines from Around Australia

This is a list of all the hospital guidelines throughout Australia for patients who are sensitive to chemicals or identify as having MCS

Western Australian Hospital Guidelines for patients with chemical sensitivity

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity/ Chemical Hypersensitivity Guidelines for Hospitals

'Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: A guide for Victorian hospitals' retrieved from the document library

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is a debilitating condition described as serious physical symptoms initiated by chemical exposure. Since there are no diagnostic or clinical guidelines for MCS in Australia, it is possible that some chemically hypersensitive individuals have symptoms more aligned with MCS.

Patients with an MCS condition may suffer from a variety of physical symptoms as a result of exposure to chemicals. The physical symptoms are likely to undermine patient treatment whilst in hospital, affecting recovery, health outcomes and wellbeing.

The chemicals or incitants (agents that produce clinical symptoms) vary considerably and are often found in hospital environments. These incitants may be in food and drink normally provided to in-patients and/or may include hospital cleaning and disinfectant products, as well personal products such as perfumes or hair care. The hospital stay of patients with MCS is ideally planned with hospital administration prior to admission and managed by health professional staff on an individual, case-by-case basis.

The purpose of this MCS Guide is to provide guidance and raise awareness of the need for hospitals to develop local policies/guidelines; it is not provided as a definitive MCS text or to argue the aetiology of the condition.

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South Australian Health. MCS Guidelines for South Australian Hospitals

"[These MCS Guidelines] are designed to help hospital administrators and health professionals to best respond to the needs of people with MCS requiring hospital treatment thus ensuring access to effective, quality care and improved patient health outcomes. Meeting the environmental needs of people with MCS who require medical or surgical treatment in hospital is likely to reduce length of hospital stay and improve individual health outcomes."

Michellina Van Loder is a Professional Writer, Journalist and Blogger. This is where she shares her tales about trail blazing her way out of the Labyrinth of Chemical Sensitivities and Mould. This is also where you will find the latest Research on related topics.

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  1. Michellina…your Medic Alert MCs info exactly what I am looking for..because many health care professionals and others do not understand the gravity MCs or even what it is.

    I am wondering if the Classic bracelet is more noticeable to all as they are most familiar with it.

    All input welcome.

    • Michellina van Loder says:

      Thanks. I’m glad you found this helpful :)

      The silver/stainless steal classic bracelet or neck pendent may be more familiar to health professionals such as ambulance medics; however, the jewellery/crystal bead one that i have has the same pendent on it. If/when I buy another one I’ll get the classic (even though I find it a tad fugly), the crystal one has broken twice and I’ve had to get it fixed. The beads go everywhere when it does.

      I don’t have ‘MCS’ written on mine, just ‘Inhalant allergies’ and ‘sensitive to chemicals’ cause I don’t fancy trying to explain what it is if they don’t know and I’m bamboozled from fragrance or solvent exposure [read: they are wearing a truckload of perfume, aftershave or spray deodorant packed full of eye-stinging, head-splitting, sinus-aching chemicals that have been proven to be allergens and irritants].

      I also have a link to the MCS hospital guidelines on file with MedicAlert; and the link to the hospital guidelines is written on the emergency card that MedicAlert supply along with the bracelet.

      • Hi Michellina, Good idea regarding MCS hospital Guidelines on file with Medic Alert. I am trying to get the bracelet organized and..a bit uncertain about some of their additional product info…even a USB stick for clip on? I will phone them.It sure is nice to talk with you..someone also with MCS although would not wish it on anyone. I have had a few medical apointments recently with specialists..I am sure they think I am crazy…my work background is advanced practice nursing.. so I think for this reason they may take me a bit seriously…I like the idea of handing out the guidelines..
        OH..have you ordered any products from the MCS shop? Would I have any problem with an order in Canada…?


  1. […] Australia, we now have MCS Hospital guidelines for people living in Victoria, the ACT, Western Australia and South […]

  2. […] and I can’t tell them, then it could be a big problem for me. And now that we have the Hospital Guidelines for people who are sensitive to chemicals or have MCS, the whole process is a lot clearer. For staff and for me. I used to be scared to go to a hospital; […]

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