What is Anaphylaxis Training?

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Anaphylaxis training is medical training intended to provide people with the skills they need to respond to a patient in a state of anaphylaxis, where the airways close and the patient is at risk of death unless intervention is provided immediately. This training is offered to care providers including doctors, paramedics, and other first responders. Every minute can make a significant difference in patients with compromised airways, making this training very important for people who respond to emergency situations.

Epipens are used in the treatment of severe allergic reactions.
Epipens are used in the treatment of severe allergic reactions.

People typically receive training in how to respond to anaphylaxis as part of an overall medical education program. For additional training, they can take standalone units and workshops, usually over the course of a day or weekend. These courses are designed to offer refresher education, as well as drilling first responders so they can respond automatically to patients in anaphylactic crisis. Fees vary and are sometimes paid by employers interested in making sure they have a fully certified staff.

In anaphylaxis training, people learn how to assess patients and identify the signs of anaphylaxis. They are provided with information on treatment options including administering epinephrine and inserting an airway so the patient gets enough air. Since this condition is usually the result of a severe allergic reaction, people also get education about allergies, how allergic responses work, and how they can identify the early stages of an allergic response, before it develops into full-blown anaphylaxis and threatens the patient's life.

For people who may be responding to emergencies when care providers with access to advanced interventions are not readily available, anaphylaxis training shows people how to stabilize critical patients and package them for transport to a facility where more care is available. People working in settings like hospitals receive education in myriad treatment options and the process of assessing patients to select the best option for their needs. The training includes supportive care of patients while in crisis, and education about how to talk to family members to convey clear, useful information while patients are being treated.

At the end of anaphylaxis training, a test is administered to make sure everyone understands the concepts covered in class. People are offered certificates showing that they have completed the coursework. They are usually required to periodically renew these anaphylaxis training certifications to keep them current. Having a certification can make someone more employable for certain types of first responder positions and may be required for some jobs.

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a wiseGEEK researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

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