Childcare Asthma and Anaphylaxis Training Course + First Aid and CPR at Chatswood
Northshore First Aid is the place to train if you are after up to date information and training for your childcare centre. We are willing to come to your childcare setting and train your staff in Asthma and Anaphylaxis, Apply First Aid or Perform CPR or a combination of all three. Alternatively you could come to one of First Aid, CPR or Asthma and Anaphylaxis courses conducted at The Chatswood RSL. We have 1 day, easy to follow courses with online components that make learning simple. Book a course today.
What is anaphylaxis?
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Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of allergic reaction and is potentially life threatening. It must be treated as a medical emergency, requiring immediate treatment and urgent medical attention.
Anaphylaxis is a generalised allergic reaction, which often involves more than one body system (e.g. skin, respiratory, gastro-intestinal and cardiovascular). A severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis usually occurs within 20 minutes to 2 hours of exposure to the trigger and can rapidly become life threatening.
Common triggers of severe allergies or anaphylaxis include:
Milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, fish, shellfish, wheat and soy are the most common food triggers, which cause 90 percent of allergic reactions; however, any food can trigger anaphylaxis. It is important to understand that in some people even very small amounts of food can cause a life-threatening reaction. Some extremely sensitive individuals can react to just the smell of particular foods being cooked (e.g. fish) or even kissing someone who has eaten the food they’re allergic to.
Bites and Stings
Bee, wasp and jack jumper ant stings are the most common triggers of anaphylaxis to insect stings. Ticks, green ants and fire ants can also trigger anaphylaxis in susceptible individuals.
Medications, both over the counter and prescribed, can cause life threatening allergic reactions. Individuals can also have anaphylactic reactions to herbal or ‘alternative’ medicines.
Other triggers such as latex or exercise induced anaphylaxis are less common. Occasionally the trigger cannot be identified, despite extensive investigation.