Co-founded by Allergist Dr. Mark Greenwald and Elizabeth Goldenberg (from onespotallergy.com) EpiCenter™Medical offers an online anaphylaxis first aid training course that can be completed via your computer at your convenience in the comfort of your favourite chair. The course is offered to individuals and also groups such as school staff, restaurant workers, travel industry personnel etc. This online course focuses on a number of issues surrounding a severe allergic reaction. It defines what an allergy is and how being exposed to an allergen can cause anaphylaxis. The course also addresses how to correctly administer an EpiPen (the most common of epinephrine auto injectors, though similar rules apply to any auto injector such as the new Allerject) and what to do after epinephrine has been given. In addition, it also points out the legal consequences of not taking action during an allergic reaction emergency.
But wait, there is more...
People who complete the course become S.A.V.E. Certified and officially recognized as some one who can Save Anaphylaxis Victims in an Emergency. This is a desperately needed course that I think serves a niche. I would recommend this course to any one who might be dealing with allergic reactions in the work place or educational setting. But I strongly urge anyone who will be looking after a child with life threatening food allergies to complete this course. It is a life saver - pun totally intended.
To learn more about EpiCenter Medical and the anaphylaxis online training course please visit them at http://epipentraining.com. You can also find them on facebook. And if or when you do complete the course please give feedback and spread the word. In the allergy world, I think we all dream of a world where epinephrine is readily available everywhere and can be found in a basic emergency kit.