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Source: Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) FoodAllergy.org
To address the need for simple, evidence-based educational training on anaphylaxis, Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) is pleased to launch a free online course Save A Life: Recognizing and Responding to Anaphylaxis.
Millions of Americans are at risk for anaphylaxis, a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and can be potentially fatal. In fact, a study shows that treatment of severe food allergy reactions increased by nearly 400 percent between 2007 and 2016. Individuals with allergies to latex, drugs and insect stings are also at risk for anaphylaxis.
FARE (the Food Allergy and Research And Education) association has worked with advocates across the U.S. to help pass laws that expand access to epinephrine, the first-line treatment for anaphylaxis. Nearly every state in the country either permits or requires schools to stock undesignated epinephrine in case of anaphylactic emergencies, and there are now 31 states with “entity legislation” which permits (but does not require) public venues to stock undesignated epinephrine. These venues range from colleges, camps and childcare facilities to sports arenas and restaurants.
The 15-minute online course, which was reviewed and approved by FARE’s medical advisory board and is available on FARE’s website, covers a number of important topics including:
- The definition and causes of anaphylaxis
- How to recognize signs of anaphylaxis
- What to do if someone is having an anaphylactic reaction
- How to safely use an epinephrine auto-injector
While anaphylaxis is complex, FARE aims to ensure that anyone who takes this course will be able to recognize it and respond with confidence. Individuals will take a quiz following the course and may print out a certificate of completion. In some states, this will meet the requirements of training as outlined by state statute.
FARE will be working with public officials to introduce this program and to ensure that it meets the criteria for approval as an authorized course as determined by each state’s laws and regulations.
To take the training, FoodAllergy.org/training/anaphylaxis.