As part of National Preparedness Month, the American Red Cross is making sure that communities and individuals are equipped to respond to life-threatening allergic reactions by offering a new online course designed to teach the public about identifying and responding to allergic reactions.
The Anaphylaxis and Epinephrine Auto-Injector Course just became available the week of September 23 and takes about 30 minutes to complete. The course focuses on the recognition of anaphylaxis (allergic reactions), the basic steps to follow in anaphylactic emergencies, and the administration of an epinephrine auto-injector, or EpiPen, to someone experiencing a reaction. No prior trainings or certifications are required to sign-up for the course.
“It’s important to be prepared in case of a reaction, and we’re excited to offer this class to the community,” said Kelly Hudson, Regional Communications Officer for the Red Cross of West Michigan. “This is a great course for families, and it will be really beneficial for those who have loved ones with allergies.”
The online course is available to anyone from the community, and the cost for enrollment is $20 per person. To sign up, participants can visit redcross.org/takeaclass. In addition to being available on laptops and computers, the course may also be taken on most tablet devices. Those who complete the program are eligible to receive an epinephrine auto-injector training device.
To learn more about being prepared for and responding to medical emergencies, download the free Red Cross First Aid App, available on Android and iOS devices. The app contains expert advice and gives users instant access to necessary information to handle the most common first aid emergencies.
For more information, visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.