What would you do if you encounter someone with an anaphylactic reaction?
Anaphylaxis, a serious allergic reaction, can occur in a matter of minutes. Knowing what to do can literally save a person’s life.
“Allergic consumers are everywhere,” said Laura Bantock, Anaphylaxis Canada’s western region director. “You haven’t got 45 minutes. Avoidance is the only thing that we have in our toolkit.”
Bantock’s daughter has severe allergy and Bantock said she chooses restaurants whose staff are trained to deal with anaphylaxis for safety reasons.
Anaphylaxis Canada is hosting a food handling training session in Sun Peaks on March 2 at 9 a.m. The training will be approximately two hours long and will be facilitated by Anaphylaxis Canada’s Marilyn Allen, Canada’s leading anaphylaxis expert from Toronto. The training is especially helpful for people who work in the food and beverage department or individuals who often encounter people with severe allergies.
The registration cost is $50 plus tax. Deadline for registration is Tuesday, March 1 at 5 p.m. Seven more seats are available.
For more information, contact Bobbe Lyall at 250-578-5417 or Laura Bantock at 250-314-4814 or by e-mail [email protected]. There’s also a training session scheduled in Kamloops for March 1. If interested in the Kamloops session only, contact Laura Bantock.
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