An Anaphylactic shock, or anaphylaxis, is a life-threatening, serious allergic reaction to an allergen such as food substances or insect stings. If it is not treated appropriately, it may cause death. This training is for qualified First Aiders and Emergency First Aiders to enable them to recognise and treat anaphylaxis safely and effectively.
When administering a medication, it is important to recognise and differentiate between allergic reactions and the potentially life-threatening anaphylactic reactions immediately. It is also essential to determine whether the individual has had an allergic or anaphylactic response to the medication in the past or prior to administration.
This course is suitable for all First Aiders and healthcare professionals, as well as those in a high risk environment where such medication is available.
This is a classroom-based course of 6 contact hours. Dependent on your experience, there may well be some pre-course or post-course reading.
The course is made up of practical and theoretical sessions.
At the end of the course, you will be able to:
Identify triggers for anaphylaxis
Describe life threatening problems associated with the: Airway-Breathing-Circulation
Disability (Neurological status)
Exposure (Skin and mucosal changes)
Explain the need for an early call for help
Explain the treatment for anaphylaxis:
Non rebreather mask
Removal of trigger
Identify key features of adrenaline-auto injectors
Conduct an initial assessment using the ABCDE approach
Demonstrate a recovery position
Demonstrate resuscitation for adult and/or child
Recognise the need to use an auto-injector
Prepare medication for administration during anaphylaxis treatment
Demonstrate the safe use of an adrenaline auto-injector using a training device
Safe dispose of auto injectors into a sharps bin according to agreed ways of working
Handover the casualty to a medical professional
This qualification lasts for 3 years.
To renew the qualification, you will need to retake the full course. However, it is recommended that during the 3-year period, that you attend an annual refresher course.
A range of methods are used, including, practical and questioning (open and multiple-choice).
A maximum of 12 individuals can be accommodated on this course and all participants must be a minimum of 16 years of age to qualify.