Recognition & Management of Anaphylaxis Level 3

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.

Learning Outcome
1. Know how to recognise a casualty with anaphylaxis

Assessment Criteria

1.1 Describe anaphylaxis

1.2 Identify triggers for anaphylaxis

1.3 Describe life threatening problems associated with the:

  • Airway
  • Breathing
  • Circulation
  • Disability (neurological status)
  • Exposure (Skin and mucosal changes)

1.4 Explain the need for an early call for help

1.5 Explain the treatment for anaphylaxis:

  • Removal of trigger
  • Auto-injector

1.6 Identify key features of adrenaline-auto injectors

2. Be able to manage a casualty who is breathing normally

2.1 Conduct a scene survey

2.2 Conduct an initial assessment using the ABCDE approach:

  • Airway
  • Breathing
  • Circulation
  • Disability
  • Exposure

2.3 Position the casualty presenting with:

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Life threatening circulation problems
  • Unconsciousness

3. Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing normally

3.1 Recognise the need to commence Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation]

3.2 Demonstrate Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation using adult or child manikin

4. Be able to manage a casualty with anaphylaxis

4.1 Recognise the need to use an auto-injector

4.2 Prepare medication for administration during anaphylaxis treatment

4.3 Demonstrate the safe use of an adrenaline auto-injector using training device

4.4 Safely dispose of sharps according to agreed ways of working

4.5 Hand over the patient to a medical professional

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