Why do I need this?
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 course is suitable for all First Aiders, Emergency First Aiders and healthcare professionals, as well as those in a high risk environment where such medication is available.
What should I know first?
The qualification consists of two units which learners must successfully complete to achieve the full qualification. Learners completing just unit 1 can be certificated with the FAA Award in Emergency First Aid.
What will I learn?
This course is ideal for qualified First Aiders and to enable them to recognise and treat anaphylaxis safely and effectively.
You will learn to recognise and differentiate between allergic reactions and the potentially life threatening anaphylactic reactions immediately.
A range of subjects are covered including:
- Describe and identify triggers for anaphylaxis
- Describe life threatening problems with:
-Disability (Neurological status)
-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
- Identify key features of adrenaline-auto injectors
- Initial assessment using the ABCDE approach
- Recovery position
- Resuscitation for adult and/or child
- Recognise need to use an auto-injector
- Prepare medication for administration
- Safe use of an adrenaline auto-injector
- Safe dispose of sharps
- Handover of casualty to a medical professional
Assessment is based on practical and oral assessment throughout the course and successful completion of a written test at the end. The instructor will only award a pass if they are satisfied the requisite understanding and competences in respect of each session of the course has been displayed. No external assessors are required.
Scenarios will be set to enable a learner to demonstrate their knowledge and practical skills.
The practical assessment is ongoing throughout the course but the Trainer/Assessor will make learners aware of when they are being assessed. The learner must satisfactorily complete each scenario to successfully pass the practical assessment.
Course is suited to:
The qualification is available to learners aged 16 or over. Due to the practical nature of the first aid assessment there are physical demands and learners must be able to demonstrate their skills as in a real-life situation.
An example of this would be to demonstrate CPR on a manikin at floor level. It is recommended that learners should hold a minimum of Level 1 in literacy or equivalent to undertake this qualification.
It may be possible to allocate a reasonable adjustment to a learner who has a disability, medical condition or learning need. Please contact us to discuss your needs.
Length of course:
Course is conducted over one day.
This qualification lasts for 3 years. To renew the qualification, learners will need to retake the full course. However, it is recommended that during the 3-year period, the learners attend annual refresher courses.
Please read full terms and conditions before booking.