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Anaphylaxis: patient diagnosis and treatment

Author: James Bethel

Duration: 2 hours Last updated: 2021 Quality Assurance: Peer-reviewed Level: Qualified nurses, Students Language: English

Course description

Anaphylaxis is an increasingly common and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction accounting for approximately 20 deaths a year in the UK, with around 50% of these deaths being iatrogenic (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) 2020).

This module aims to provide an overview of anaphylaxis, including pathophysiology, treatment and continuing care.

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Learning aims and intended outcomes

  • Explain the pathophysiology of anaphylactic reactions
  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis
  • Identify common causes of anaphylaxis
  • Describe the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis and continuing care
  • Encourage self-care for patients with anaphylaxis to improve quality of life


  • Pathophysiology and causation
  • Demographic data
  • Risk factors
  • Assessment, diagnosis and treatment
  • Recognition of signs and symptoms
  • Education
  • Conclusions


James Bethel
Senior lecturer and nurse practitioner, University of Wolverhampton, Walsall.


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  • Pathophysiology and causation
  • Demographic data
  • Risk factors
  • Assessment, diagnosis and treatment
  • Recognition of signs and symptoms
  • Education
  • Conclusions

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