Anaphylaxis first aid course

Severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) can kill without immediate first aid. The UK is one of the top countries in the world for incidence of allergies.

Allergies affect approximately one in three of the UK population and each year numbers grow by 5% with as many as half of those affected being children†.

Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of allergic reaction. Common causes are insect stings, foods and some medication. It is life threatening and requires immediate first aid (an auto-injector) and emergency medical assistance.

The likelihood is that someone in your school could have a severe allergy and this must form part of your first aid needs assessment.

This course is approved by Allergy UK for anyone who needs training in how and when to use an auto-injector in the treatment of anaphylaxis.

Who should attend?

Those who provide childcare and workplace first aiders who have to deal with those prone to anaphylaxis should also attend.

What you will learn

Prevention, recognition and treatment of severe allergic reaction including the use of auto-injectors and CPR.

Course content

Auto-injector                Understanding and recognising allergic reaction
Resuscitation (CPR all ages)                       Primary survey
Communication and casualty care   Unresponsive casualty treatment

Course duration

Half a day (3 hours).


Continuous obeservation by the trainer.


Successful candidates receive a St John Ambulance certificate, valid for three years.

†Allergy UK 2013

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