22300VIC Course in first aid management of anaphylaxis
This unit describes the outcomes required to assist a person suffering an anaphylactic reaction until the arrival of medical assistance. Application of this unit relates to the use of adrenaline auto-injecting devices, (e.g. EpiPen).
The unit covers the recognition, management, prevention and risk minimisation strategies related to allergic reactions and anaphylaxis. It provides the outcomes required to develop and implement a management plan to reduce the risk of severe reactions in individuals diagnosed with anaphylaxis.
Course cost: $50
- Full course: 4 hours face to face training
- Full course: Completion of pre-course study plus 2 hours practical training
- Refresher course: 4 hours face to face training
- Refresher course: Completion pre-course study plus 2 hours practical training
Important information regarding course durations:
Course durations, as mentioned above, are reflective of group sizes of between 4 and 15 participants. If there are less students in a group, you may find course duration reduced by a maximum of 10%. If a class size exceeds 15 participants it may therefore also be necessary to increase course duration depending on the number of participants.
Pre-course study options:
There are a number of different options for completing the pre-course study;
- Downloadable workbook
You must take the evidence from your pre-course study to the practical training session.
(22300VIC) What skills and knowledge will I get from this course?
Skills: Part 1
- Reassure the casualty in a caring and calm manner and make them comfortable using available resources
- Apply first aid treatment for mild to moderate allergic reactions and anaphylaxis
- Position the casualty in an appropriate position for treatment, in accordance with the ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis
- Administer an adrenaline auto-injector correctly and promptly
- Convey casualty’s details to emergency services accurately
- Complete incident/injury report forms
Skills: Part 2
- The identities of the people at risk, including children
- The triggers/allergens to avoid for mild to moderate reactions and anaphylaxis in individuals
- Understanding of the ASCIA guidelines for treatment of anaphylaxis
- Understanding of the relevant organisational policies and procedures
- Understanding of the relevant industry legislation and policies
- Mild to moderate allergic reactions and anaphylaxis and the potential consequences of the conditions
Knowledge: Part 1
- The signs and symptoms associated with both mild to moderate allergic reactions and severe allergic reactions(anaphylaxis) and how to distinguish between them
- The triggers/allergens which cause allergic reactions
- First aid principles and procedures, including bringing medication to the casualty rather than moving them (unless it is necessary to remove them from an immediate danger, such as a beehive)
- ARC Basic Life Support Flowchart information
- If there is uncertainty, administer adrenaline as a priority before any other medications (e.g. Asthma reliever medication), as per ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis
- Anaphylaxis emergency response procedures for the workplace
- Requirements for replacement of the adrenaline auto-injector
- Documentation requirements
- Refresher training requirements for those undertaking this unit
Knowledge: Part 2
- Prevention strategies and risk identification and minimisation for people at risk
- The need to have the individual’s ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis reviewed by a medical practitioner when the adrenaline auto-injector is replaced
- The need to review individual anaphylaxis management plan at the start of each school year for school aged children, and otherwise annually, as per organisational procedures.