First Aid for Anaphylaxis : Assessing an Anaphylactic Reaction


My name is Josh, I’m with the fire department,
can you tell your name? Cooper. Okay, Cooper, what we’re going to do is try to figure out
what’s going on with you. We want to get you treated. Can you tell us what happened? I
was out in my yard and I was doing some yard work and a bee came and stung me on the arm
right here. Okay, it looks like you have a rash there. You having some problems breathing?
Yeah, my chest feels tight and breathing is kind of hard and my skin itches. Okay. Have
you ever had any allergies that you know of in the past? I got stung by a bee before when
I was a kid on my hand and it swelled up pretty good, but nothing like this. Okay. You have
any medications that you take on a regular basis? No. Okay. You never had any other health
problems? Nope. Okay. We’re going to get you checked out real quick and we’re probably
going to get you moving right away. We’re going to check your blood pressure. We’re
going to take a look at your heart, check on your oxygen and we’ll do a few other things
to get you moving quick. Alright, Cooper? Okay. Will you take some deep breathes for
me? Sounds like his upper airways are constricted. We’ll give him some oxygen and give him a
breathing treatment right away. Try to relax, Cooper, as much as you can. Cooper, how long
ago did you get stung? About a half an hour ago. Okay. Has it progressively gotten worse?
Yeah, I guess so it’s been very uncomfortable for about twenty minutes or so. Okay. I’m
going to give you some oxygen here and this is just going to help with your breathing.
His heart rate is really fast right now. Okay. Alright. Well, it looks like it’s an anaphylactic
reaction. Let’s get an IV and get him moving to the hospital as soon possible. We’ve got
some medications we can give him in route. Alright.