IMMEDIATE MANAGEMENT OF ANAPHYLAXIS

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.

DURATION

This is a classroom-based course of 6 contact hours. Dependent on the learner’s experience, there may well be some pre-course  or post-course reading.

NUMBERS

A maximum of 12 candidates can be accommodate on this course and all candidates must be a minimum of 16 years of age to qualify. 

CERTIFICATION

This qualification last for 3 years. To renew the qualification, candidates will need to retake the full course. However, it is recommended that during the 3 year period, the candidates attend annual refresher courses.

COURSE CONTENT

  • Describe anaphylaxis
  • Identify triggers for anaphylaxis
  • Describe life threatening problems associated with:
    • Airway
    • Breathing
    • Circulation
    • Disability (Neurological changes)
    • Exposure (Skin and mucosal changes)
  • Explain the need for an early call for help
  • Explain the treatment for anaphylaxis:
    • Non re-breather mask
    • Removal of trigger
    • Auto-injector
  • 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
  • Safely dispose of sharps according to agreed ways of working
  • Handover the casualty to a medical professional