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Bee Stings – A medical discussion

William Lee, a Paramedic from Churchill Ambulance station gave a fascinating talk on anaphylactic shock on Saturday 23 March.

It was reassuring to learn how rare a condition it is, but should you suspect someone is going into anaphylactic shock following a bee sting quick action is required:-

1.  Dial 999 (or 112), if you can use a landline – this automatically gives your location to the emergency operator.

2.  Give your address accurately.  If you are in an out apiary give the address of the nearest house.  If your location is hard to find give directions, or have someone wait on the main road for the ambulance.

3.  Answer the operators questions calmly and accurately – all of the information is used to make sure the right response is sent.  Follow any instructions the operator gives you – HELP IS ON IT’S WAY

4.  If the person has an epi-pen let them use it themselves.  If they are unable to use it themselves follow the very clear instructions on the pen, inject it into their thigh.

If they stop breathing, give CPR.  The video below shows you how – it’s easy and might save someone’s life

Jon Webber (and Wendy Welham) gave their personal accounts of anaphylactic shock – very moving.

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