• 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.

Anaphylaxis Training Course Summary

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 Anaphylaxis 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 an intense and potentially life-threatening allergic response that swiftly follows exposure to an allergen. The anaphylaxis training course is designed to educate delegates on how to identify and manage anaphylaxis.

Anaphylaxis results from the immune system’s exaggerated reaction to a typically harmless substance, setting off a chain of symptoms impacting various organs. This course aims to increase awareness and knowledge of how to handle it. For the e-learning Anaphylaxis training course, please visit this link.

  • Course Duration: 2- 3 hours
  • Course Level: Level 2
  • Certificate: 1-year certificate
  • Max Delegates: 12
  • Practical: Yes

The anaphylaxis training program imparts attendees with the expertise and abilities essential for identifying and addressing anaphylaxis crises.

Upon course completion, participants will possess an enhanced comprehension of anaphylaxis, its prevalent triggers, and optimal techniques for its treatment and control, encompassing the secure utilization of an autoinjector.

Who can take the course?

This course is open to everyone, not just healthcare professionals and care workers. Anyone who wants to learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis and how to respond in an emergency situation can benefit from this training.

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.
  • Emphasize proper technique, correct placement, and ensuring the EpiPen’s expiration date.

Learning Outcome:

Upon successfully completing the course, you will possess the following abilities:

  1. Explain what is Anaphylaxis: Gain the proficiency to succinctly elucidate the nature of Anaphylaxis, understanding its rapid and severe allergic response.
  2. Identify the common causes of Anaphylaxis: Develop the skill to pinpoint the prevalent triggers that provoke Anaphylaxis, including foods, medications, and insect stings.
  3. List Signs and Symptoms of Anaphylaxis: Acquire the capability to compile a comprehensive list of the diverse signs and symptoms associated with Anaphylaxis, ranging from skin reactions to cardiovascular distress.
  4. Identify Treatment and Management of Anaphylaxis: Attain the knowledge to differentiate the appropriate treatment and management strategies for handling Anaphylaxis emergencies, ensuring timely and effective intervention.
  5. Describe the requirements of your role: Articulate the specific responsibilities tied to your role in preventing and responding to Anaphylaxis incidents, considering various contexts such as teaching, caregiving, or healthcare.
  6. Demonstrate Safe use of an EpiPen (Practical): Showcase your adeptness in safely using an EpiPen through hands-on application, mastering the essential technique to administer life-saving epinephrine during Anaphylaxis episodes.

Question and Answer on Anaphylaxis Awareness

What is Anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that occurs rapidly after exposure to an allergen.

The body’s immune system reacts excessively to a substance that is normally harmless, triggering a cascade of symptoms that can impact various organs.

These symptoms can escalate quickly and include difficulty breathing, a drop in blood pressure, skin reactions like hives, swelling of the throat and face, a rapid heartbeat, and digestive issues.

Urgent medical attention is crucial in anaphylaxis cases, often involving the use of an auto-injector to administer epinephrine (adrenaline) and counteract the reaction while preventing its progression.

What are the symptoms of Anaphylaxis?

The symptoms of anaphylaxis can vary but often involve a combination of:

  1. Respiratory Symptoms: These can include difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, and a feeling of tightness in the chest or throat. You can also check our course on Asthma training.
  2. Cardiovascular Symptoms: These may involve a sudden drop in blood pressure, rapid or weak pulse, dizziness, fainting, and loss of consciousness.
  3. Skin Symptoms: Skin reactions like hives (itchy, raised welts), flushing, redness, and swelling are common during anaphylaxis.
  4. Gastrointestinal Symptoms: These can encompass nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
  5. Throat and Mouth Symptoms: Swelling of the throat and tongue can cause difficulty swallowing, a feeling of a lump in the throat, and hoarseness.
  6. Mental and Emotional Symptoms: Anxiety, confusion, and a sense of impending doom can sometimes accompany anaphylaxis.

These symptoms can manifest rapidly and escalate quickly, potentially leading to a life-threatening situation.

How often do you need to update Anaphylaxis training?

It’s generally advised to renew anaphylaxis training every 1 to 2 years, driven by multiple reasons.

This practice ensures that individuals are current with the latest information, techniques, and effective approaches for recognizing and managing anaphylactic emergencies.

Given the dynamic nature of medical knowledge and evolving guidelines, periodic training updates keep participants informed about the most pertinent strategies for addressing anaphylaxis.

Additionally, advancements in treatment methods, evolving medications, and new insights into allergen triggers may necessitate training protocol adjustments.

Through regular training refreshers, individuals can sustain their preparedness to respond promptly and adeptly to anaphylactic situations, contributing to heightened patient safety and well-being.

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?

This training will last 2-3 hours. We give a range of time to account for variable factors such as; underlying knowledge and competence of delegates, class interaction, and engagement, and reduced delegate numbers.

If a course finishes earlier than the allotted 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.

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 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.

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 recognizing symptoms, correct usage, injection technique, and quick response.

Healthcare professionals, caregivers, and allergy-prone individuals are encouraged to undergo this training to ensure effective and timely administration, potentially saving lives.

What are the 4 systems for anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis can impact various bodily systems simultaneously. The four key systems involved are:

  1. Respiratory System: Anaphylaxis triggers airway and throat swelling, causing breathing problems, wheezing, and potential respiratory failure, leading to low oxygen levels and severe distress.
  2. Cardiovascular System: Anaphylactic reactions lead to abrupt blood pressure drops due to widened blood vessels. This results in dizziness, fainting, weak pulse, and, if not promptly managed, shock with life-threatening consequences.
  3. Cutaneous (Skin) System: Skin reactions are common in anaphylaxis, resulting in hives, itching, redness, and swelling. These visible signs aid in identifying the allergic reaction.
  4. Gastrointestinal System: Anaphylactic responses can affect the gastrointestinal tract, causing symptoms like abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. While less prominent, these symptoms contribute to the overall anaphylactic presentation.

Recognizing anaphylaxis swiftly and administering appropriate treatment, including epinephrine, is crucial to mitigate its impact and avert serious complications.

What are 4 common triggers for anaphylaxis?

Individuals vulnerable to anaphylaxis should be mindful of their specific triggers, take preventive measures to avoid exposure and carry an epinephrine auto-injector as directed by their healthcare provider.

Four common triggers for anaphylaxis include:

  1. Foods: Certain foods like peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, fish, eggs, milk, and soy are recognized allergens that can provoke severe allergic reactions.
  2. Insect Stings: Bee stings, wasp stings, and ant bites are prevalent culprits for anaphylaxis in those with allergies to insect venom.
  3. Medications: Certain medications, particularly antibiotics (such as penicillin), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and specific types of anesthesia, have the potential to induce anaphylactic reactions in susceptible individuals.
  4. Latex: Latex allergy, often sparked by contact with latex-containing items like gloves or balloons, can also lead to anaphylaxis in some instances.
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