• Level 2
  • 2-3 Hours Duration
  • 1 Year Certificate

Anaphylaxis Training

This anaphylaxis training course aims to increase delegates knowledge and understanding of the common causes of anaphylaxis and the best practice methods on the treatment and management of it, includes auto injector practicals.

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This anaphylaxis training course aims to increase delegates knowledge and understanding of the common causes of anaphylaxis and the best practice methods for the treatment and management of it.

The course is suitable for everyone, not just care workers and health professionals.

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Course Summary

  • Discuss what is Anaphylaxis
  • Examine the common causes of Anaphylaxis
  • Review Signs and Symptoms of Anaphylaxis
  • Consider Treatment and Management of Anaphylaxis
  • Role Play Safe use of an EpiPen (Practical)

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    Where Do You Deliver The Training?

    We can deliver this training at your premises, as long as it's within the UK. Also, we have our own venues in Stoke on Trent, London, Swindon, Epsom & York if you need access to a training room (additional charges will apply). We can also deliver this training virtually using Zoom. However, sessions delivered via Zoom will be theory only and will not include any practicals.

    How Many Delegates Can I Have On One Session?

    We will deliver this training for a group of up to 12 delegates. For larger groups we can either provide multiple trainers on the same day or run multiple days to get everyone trained.

    Who Will Conduct The Training?

    One of our expert clinical tutors. These are either Nurses or Doctors with abundant clinical and complex care experience and knowledge - so you'll be in great hands! We will let you know who is doing the training in advance. You can check out their skills and experience by finding them on our meet the team page.

Anaphylaxis Training

Anaphylaxis is a sudden and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. It occurs quickly after exposure to an allergen. The anaphylaxis training course is designed to educate delegates on how to identify and manage anaphylaxis. This training covers epipen training and nurses, care workers, school teacher, workers in the office, and family can enrol for this anaphylaxis course. You will understand common causes of the allergy which is 40% due to food and 20-30% due to Medicine.

We believe knowing more about Anaphylaxis, understand what it is and what to do, and checking for signs, will help prevent worse situation.

This course will help you to increase awareness and knowledge of how to handle it.

For the e-learning Anaphylaxis  course, please visit the link.

  • Course Duration: 2- 3 hours
  • Course Level: Level 2
  • Certificate: 1-year certificate
  • Max Delegates: 12
  • Practical: Yes
  • Course Mode: Face to Face/ Blended

The course covers understanding anaphylaxis, recognising common sources for people, and safely using an autoinjector for effective treatment.


What is Anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is a very severe allergic reaction that happens super fast to things like foods, bug bites, medicines, latex or rarely exercise. It causes the body to react all over.

It starts suddenly, just minutes after touching or eating something the person is allergic to. The signs also get bad very quick and can make breathing hard, blood pressure drop down dangerously low, or make someone black out if not helped right away.

Anaphylaxis must be treated right now as an emergency, often with injections to make the poor reactions stop. These big responses strain the whole body. Without urgent help, they can block oxygen getting to the brain too long possibly causing lasting damage or even dying from the stress.

By teaching people what starts anaphylaxis and getting emergency care extremely fast, they recover better after an attack. Just knowing what it is, what causes it and being prepared properly ahead of time gives the best chance if bad exposures happen accidentally.


Who can take the Anaphylaxis course?

This training course is open to everyone, not just healthcare workers such as nurses, doctors or care workers.

Anyone who wants to learn how to recognise the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis and how to respond in an emergency situation can benefit from this training.

  • Moms, dads, teachers or anyone caring for kids who have serious allergies putting them at high risk for very bad reactions
  • School nurses, camp counselors, coaches, scout leaders and others in charge of groups where kids are known to have worrying allergic conditions
  • Restaurant owners and workers who make food that must avoid ingredients some customers are very allergic to
  • Pharmacists and pharmacy helpers who give out medicines that can cause allergic reactions for some people sometimes
  • Paramedics, lifeguards, events medical crew and community volunteers who may need to give emergency help for health issues
  • Workplace managers or employees at jobs where people could get exposed to things they’re seriously allergic to
  • Adults with moderate to high allergy risk themselves, wanting to learn better skills for safety
  • Anyone wanting to know the most up-to-date way to notice severe allergic reactions and correctly help in an emergency

Spotting dangerous reactions quick and helping the right way gives sick people much better chances of fully recovering.

Anaphylaxis Course Content:

The course covers a wide range of topics related to anaphylaxis, including its common causes, signs and symptoms, and best practices for treatment and management. Below is a summary of the course content:

1. Introduction: Understanding Anaphylaxis

  • Define anaphylaxis and its significance.
  • Explain the rapid and severe nature of anaphylactic reactions.
  • Emphasize the importance of prompt recognition and intervention.

2. Common Causes of Anaphylaxis:

  • Explore allergens that commonly trigger anaphylactic reactions (e.g., foods, insect stings, medications).
  • Discuss the concept of sensitization and how repeated exposure can lead to severe reactions.

3. Signs and Symptoms of Anaphylaxis:

  • Detail the wide range of symptoms that can manifest during an anaphylactic reaction (e.g., skin reactions, respiratory distress, cardiovascular symptoms).
  • Stress the variability of symptom presentation, making recognition challenging.
  • Highlight the importance of assessing for a combination of symptoms.

4. Treatment and Management of Anaphylaxis:

  • Introduce the concept of the anaphylaxis emergency action plan.
  • Outline the step-by-step approach to managing anaphylaxis:
    1. Recognize the signs and symptoms.
    2. Administer epinephrine via an auto-injector (EpiPen).
    3. Call emergency services.
    4. Provide additional treatments as necessary (antihistamines, corticosteroids).
    5. Monitor and provide supportive care until medical professionals arrive.

5. Role of Participants:

  • Discuss the responsibilities of individuals in various roles (teachers, parents, caregivers, healthcare professionals) in preventing and responding to anaphylactic reactions.
  • Highlight the importance of communication and collaboration with individuals at risk of anaphylaxis.
  • Address legal and ethical considerations related to anaphylaxis management.

6. Practical Session: Role Play Safe Use of an EpiPen:

  • Provide a hands-on demonstration of the correct use of an EpiPen.
  • Conduct practical role-play scenarios where participants practice using an EpiPen on a mannequin or a simulated patient.
  • Emphasise proper technique, correct placement, and ensuring the EpiPen’s expiration date.

Learning Outcomes

What You’ll Learn in Anaphylaxis Training

After taking the class on helping with severe allergic reactions, you’ll be able to:

  • Explain what anaphylaxis is – how the body reacts fast and strongly sometimes to things people are allergic to
  • Name common triggers that cause these reactions – like certain foods, medicine, bug bites
  • Recognise the signs that would tell you someone is likely having a bad allergic reaction
  • Understand the right ways to help based on what experts recommend, like how to use special tools
  • List what different people should do to be prepared just in case this emergency happens
  • Show how and where on the body to properly use devices like EpiPens that help allergic reactions
  • Practice with a trainer device to get good at the ways/methods for giving life-saving allergy shots correctly.

The goal is learning how to recognise dangerous reactions quickly and know how to provide important help until the hospital can take over. That gives the sick person a much better chance of feeling okay faster!

What is Anaphylaxis Training About?

Anaphylaxis training teaches people how to spot and help correctly when someone has a dangerous allergic reaction. These reactions can become life-threatening emergencies if not treated super fast.

In our Anaphylaxis class, you learn:

  • How to notice the signs someone may be having a severe allergic reaction needing emergency care
  • What causes and common things like bee stings or peanut butter can trigger these reactions
  • How to properly use special devices like EpiPens and other important tools to help allergic reactions
  • Good steps to take while waiting for the ambulance like making sure the person can breathe okay and avoid more harm
  • How to call for help and give paramedics the right details quickly

The goals are helping people get better at noticing reactions, knowing how to respond correctly, calling for help fast and providing care until the hospital can take over. This better prepares people to properly assist if scary allergic reactions happen suddenly and need very quick treatment.

Why is Learning About Anaphylaxis Helpful?

  1. It teaches people how to notice when someone starts having a dangerous allergic reaction really fast. Spotting the signs early and calling for help quick is important so the person gets treated right away.
  2. It shows the right way to use special devices like EpiPens to help buy time before a sick person can get to the hospital. Using it properly by injecting it fast without hesitation can improve chances.
  3. It explains good steps people can take to help while waiting for the ambulance – things like keeping airways open, making sure the sick person is safe and comfortable. This aids recovery.
  4. It prevents easy mistakes helping people with reactions since untrained folks often aren’t sure what to do. Lessons reinforce the best ways to assist.
  5. It makes people less scared about how to help correctly when reactions happen suddenly. Feeling surer on next steps leads to better, faster care.

Anaphylaxis training teaches important life-saving skills to offer better help if any emergency reactions take place. Being prepared with training leads to people getting treated faster and feeling better sooner when rapid allergic reactions do strike.

Question and Answer on Anaphylaxis Awareness

What equipment will you use for the Anaphylaxis Training?

We have a variety of different training equipment and tools available.

The training will be relevant and transferable.

However, if you have a specific requirement for a particular type of equipment, please make this clear during the booking process, and the team will ensure this is provided. Alternatively, we can use your own equipment for training.


What is EpiPen Training?

EpiPens contain emergency medicine called epinephrine. If someone has a life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis, using an EpiPen can save their life. Our Anaphylaxis training covers the areas on what epipen is and how to use it correctly.

There is a practical aspect to this which everyone who attends our training would partake in.

In EpiPen training, you learn:

  • How to know when someone needs an EpiPen during a bad allergic reaction
  • The right steps to use an EpiPen properly, including:
  • Where on the outer thigh it should be injected
  • How to remove the safety cap
  • How to firmly jab the orange tip against the thigh muscle
  • How long to hold it pushed against their leg (3 full seconds)
  • What to do after giving the EpiPen while waiting for the ambulance
  • How to correctly store EpiPens to work right when needed
  • When additional doses might be needed if reactions continue

Lots of practice with trainer demo pens allows you to get very comfortable using real EpiPens in an emergency. The skills could help save a life during anaphylaxis.

Will attending this training make me competent?

In short, no. No classroom-based training course can give you full competencybe very wary of anyone claiming they can.

Our classroom-based assessments are designed to bridge the gap between classroom learning and workplace competency.

We will be sure to provide you with the relevant workbooks and competency proformas to be observed and signed off within the workplace according to your local policy.

How long will the training last and when should training be updated?

Our Anaphylaxis training  last 2-3 hours.

How Long Does the Training Last?

  • Basic anaphylaxis classes teaching what reactions look like and how to help often last 2 hours up to a full day.
  • More clinical classes for group leaders or medical pros might last 2 full days. These cover things like what triggers reactions, detailed emergency steps, how to correctly use EpiPens, rules on reporting reactions afterward etc.
  • After finishing the first training session, short 1-2 hour refresher classes should happen every 1-2 years to review the skills.

We give a range of time because different things can affect how long it takes, like:

  1. how much people know,
  2. how well they can do things,
  3. how much they talk and work together in class, and
  4. if there are fewer people in the class.

If a course finishes earlier than the required time, it will be due to one of these reasons. However, our trainer will ensure that all learning outcomes have been met. You can also check other clinical courses we offer.

When Should I Refresh My Training?

  • Non-medical staff like teachers working with high allergy kids should refresh basic knowledge every year.
  • Nurses and doctors must renew official certificates every 2 years by taking advanced re-training classes.
  • If one person at an office is trained, they can save others time by sharing important updates at regular meetings.
  • Anyone who sees a reaction should refresh their memory soon based on what they learned from the real-life experience.

The key is regularly reviewing lessons and updated policies either in classes or team meetings. This keeps lifesaving skills sharp!


What is an EpiPen or similar auto-injectors?

An EpiPen or similar auto-injector is a medical device for urgent treatment of severe allergic reactions, such as anaphylaxis.

It contains a pre-measured dose of epinephrine, swiftly countering the allergic response by narrowing blood vessels, relaxing airways, and improving circulation.

These user-friendly devices offer a quick and accurate way to administer life-saving medication during emergencies for individuals with severe allergies or anaphylaxis risk.

Who Can Give an EpiPen During an Allergic Reaction?

EpiPens quickly deliver a dose of medicine called epinephrine that is important for treating bad allergy reaction. Epinephrine helps improve breathing, raise low blood pressure, and reduce swelling and hives.

EpiPens are meant to be easy to use, even for people without medical training. Here are the main people advised to give an EpiPen when an allergic reaction attacks:

  • The person having the allergic reaction can self-administer their own EpiPen if awake and able. EpiPen uses are easy to follow.
  • Friends, parents, teachers, co-workers, and other population watching someone suffer an allergic effect should quickly help with the EpiPen they carry if they are unable. Waiting for medical staff could waste important fast-acting medication time.
  • Nurses, doctors, emergency workers and all trained health workers are approved and advised to provide physician-prescribed epinephrine using EpiPens or similar devices per protocols.

Anyone can inject an EpiPen into a person showing fatal allergy signs.

Quick detection and treatment save critical minutes before crisis happens. Do not delay helping by giving epinephrine!


Do you have to be trained to administer EpiPen?

Yes, proper training is essential before using an EpiPen or similar auto-injectors. Epinephrine treats severe allergies like anaphylaxis.

Training covers knowing the symptoms, correct usage, injection methods, and quick response.

Health care workers, caregivers, and allergy-prone persons are encouraged to undergo this training to ensure effective and timely administration, potentially saving lives.

What are the 4 systems for anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis and Its Impact:

Anaphylaxis affects different parts of your body at the same time. Here are the four main systems it involves:

  1. Breathing System: Anaphylaxis makes your airways and throat swell, making it hard to breathe and causing wheezing. In severe cases, it can lead to respiratory failure, making it difficult to get enough oxygen and causing distress.
  2. Heart and Blood Pressure: Anaphylactic reactions quickly drop your blood pressure because your blood vessels widen. This can result in dizziness, fainting, a weak pulse, and, if not managed quickly, shock with life-threatening consequences.
  3. Skin Reactions: Skin issues like hives, itching, redness, and swelling are common signs of anaphylaxis. These visible signs help identify the allergic reaction.
  4. Digestive System: Anaphylaxis can affect your stomach and intestines, causing symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. While these symptoms are less noticeable, they contribute to the overall presentation of anaphylaxis.

Quickly recognising anaphylaxis and giving the right treatment, including using epinephrine, is crucial to reduce its impact and prevent serious problems.


What are 6 common triggers for anaphylaxis?

People at risk of anaphylaxis should be aware of specific triggers, take precautions to avoid exposure, and carry an epinephrine auto-injector as advised by their healthcare provider.

The common causes of anaphylaxis are commonly grouped into 5, which are food, insect bites or stings, medication, latex and exercise.

  1. Foods: Some foods like peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, fish, eggs, milk, and soy are known allergens that can cause severe allergic reactions. Food accounts for 40% of anaphylaxis in the UK.
  2. Insect Stings: Bee stings, wasp stings, and ant bites are common causes of anaphylaxis in individuals allergic to insect venom.  It can cause a severe deadly reaction. It causes 15-20% of the cases in the UK.
  3. Medications: Certain medicines like penicillin, ibuprofen or medicines to numb your body can severely sicken some people. Their bodies incorrectly see the helpful medicine as dangerous instead. Medication accounts for 20-30% of the cases.
  4. Latex: Latex allergy, often triggered by contact with items like gloves or balloons containing latex, can also lead to anaphylaxis in some cases. This accounts for between 5-8% of the cases in the UK and around the world.
  5.  Exercise: Flushing and when a person is tired. This is an uncommon case.
  6. Idiopathic (unknown cause): 15-25%

A key point is that while foods, insect stings, medications, and latex exposures represent the vast majority of global and UK occurrences, a substantial minority around 15% have no identifiable or confirmed trigger even after testing. This proportion falls under “idiopathic anaphylaxis“.

Additionally, anaphylaxis caused directly by physical activity like running or weight lifting remains very rare in all groups – less than 3% total.


Initial checks and ongoing checks for:

Initial checks:

  • Symptoms: Search for quick start of serious signs, such as:
    • Difficulty breathing (wheezing, shortness of breath)
    • Facial swelling (lips, tongue, eyes)
    • Skin reaction (hives, flushing, redness)
    • Swelling of the throat or tongue
    • Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain
    • Light headedness, dizziness, fainting
    • Rapid, weak pulse
  • Exposure to potential triggers: Ask about any recent exposure to known allergens like food, medication, insect bites, latex, or exercise.
  • Carry an epinephrine auto-injector: Check if the person has an EpiPen and knows how to use it.
  • Call for emergency help immediately: Dial emergency services (999 in the UK, 911 in the US) even if signs seem mild.

If you are unsure about any of the checks, err on the side of caution and call for emergency help immediately.

Ongoing checks:

  • Check breathing and airway: Ensure the person can breathe well, and open the airway if necessary.
  • Check vital signs: Check pulse, breathing rate, and oxygen levels if possible.
  • Give epinephrine if necessary: If the person has an EpiPen and signs are severe, help them use it according to the instructions. This may require having an epipen training.
  • Stay with the person until medical help arrives: Reassure the person and monitor their condition.
  • Avoid giving anything by mouth: Do not give food or drink, as it could worsen the reaction.
  • Follow the instructions of emergency personnel: They will provide further care and transport the person to the hospital.

Things you can do to help prevent anaphylaxis:

  • Stay away from things you’re allergic to that could cause a bad reaction – like certain food, bugs, animals, medicines etc. Avoiding the stuff reduces the risks.
  • Wear a medical bracelet or necklace that tells people you have serious allergies in case you can’t talk during a reaction.
  • Always have emergency allergy shots on hand like an EpiPen so someone can inject it fast if reactions start. This really helps stop major reactions from happening.
  • Ask exactly what ingredients are in foods so you don’t eat something unsafe by accident. Prevent mix ups.
  • Get medical tests to learn if you have unknown things you’re allergic to so you can avoid them in the future too.
  • Keep a written allergies action plan and emergency kit with key info handy in case reactions require fast urgent care.
  • Tell teachers, camp staff, coaches etc. about your major allergies and reactions risks so they can assist and reduce exposing you accidentally.

While some allergic reactions will still always happen unexpectedly at times, taking steps like these reduces how often and likely severe reactions could strike. Stay alert of allergies!


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