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Anaphylaxis

Information for first aid trainers and providers

Where to find authoritative information on anaphylaxis and resources:

Learning about anaphylaxis for first aid trainers and providers

Did you know that guidelines for anaphylaxis first aid have been updated by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC)?

  • The Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) anaphylaxis guidelines, July 2012 (PDF 41KB)
    An important update concerns the positioning of the patient in anaphylaxis. The recommendation is:
    "Lay victim flat, do not stand or walk, if breathing is difficult, allow to sit."
    Anaphylaxis can cause very low blood pressure and if the patient is upright, blood cannot be returned to the heart. Being upright during a severe allergic reaction is a significant risk factor for fatal anaphylaxis.

Are you aware of the relevant legislation currently in force in WA?