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Allergy Today: How to Position a Person having Anaphylaxis

The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) has just released an animation showing how to position someone having anaphylaxis.

The ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis includes the following infographics that show the correct and incorrect positioning of a person having anaphylaxis.

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When a person has anaphylaxis, their blood pressure can drop rapidly, which reduces blood flow to the heart. Laying the person flat will help blood flow to the heart which improves blood pressure. Standing can make anaphylaxis worse by causing blood pressure to drop.

A new animation has been developed as part of Australia’s National Allergy Strategy, which explains:

  • How to position a person having anaphylaxis, including when giving the adrenaline (epinephrine) injector.
  • Why it is important that a person having anaphylaxis does not stand or walk.

The animation is available at

Allergy New Zealand highly recommends the animation as a useful resource to those at risk of anaphylaxis, their families, friends, colleagues, carers and teachers, as well as anyone interested in being prepared for an anaphylaxis emergency. Please view it and spread the word - it may help save a life.

Allergy Today, May 2021