Anaphylaxis, or anaphylactic shock, is a serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. Anaphylactic reactions should always be considered an emergency. It can affect several systems in the body and cause multiple signs and symptoms. Epinephrine should be administered immediately and 911 should be called.
Anaphylaxis is unpredictable and reactions can be visible within minutes of exposure to their allergen and can be delayed for hours. Reactions can differ from person to person and even in the same person from reaction to reaction.
Food Allergy Canada recognized the value of in-service training and continues to support speakers. Mary-Jo Wheeldon, who we have trained, to ensure that she has the most up-to-date resources, which are medically reviewed by an allergist.
Mary-Jo Wheeldon has been with Food Allergy Canada (formally Anaphylaxis Canada’s) Speakers Bureau since 2007 and has been educating First Aid students about anaphylaxis since 1989. Being anaphylactic, Mary-Jo has first-hand knowledge of the challenges of anaphylaxis and a passion for educating.
Rescue Plus delivers Food Allergy Canada’s Presentation. Food Allergy Canada has been at the forefront of developing resources and training for staff (schools, child care centers, camps, parents, etc.) and has built a reputation for providing information that is medically sound and practical for different audiences.
45 to 60 minutes Food Allergy Canada Presentation, including hands-on skill testing.
Add-on to CPR training.
Lifesaver 101 online presentation.
Add-on in person skill testing to the Lifesaver 101 online presentation.
Basics of anaphylaxis:
What it is, what causes it, symptoms and emergency treatment protocol. Risks and prevention of anaphylaxis.
Some significant links:
Watch for signs and symptoms:
Symptoms in two or more body organ systems, or
Symptoms in only one body organ system, if you know the patient was exposed to their allergen. Symptoms such as reduced blood pressure or breathing distress alone, warrant immediate action.