Red Cross First Aid - trained for Anaphalyxis?
I was at a YMCA/Red Cross training program today. When I asked about how they handle an ANAPHALYXIS emergency, the trainer/YMCA Aquatics Director did not even know what Anaphalyxis is. He said he is certified by the American Red Cross to teach First Aid but this is not covered.
It made me realize that:
1) my kids are not safe taking YMCA classes if I am not in the building
2) that an organization like the YMCA, where all employees are certified in First Aid and CPR, has NO CLUE about Anaphalyxis.
I asked what the Aquatics Director would do if he saw someone having hives, facial swelling, and trouble breathing. He said he would call 911, give Oxygen, and stay with the victim. If an EpiPen were available (and he DID NOT know what it is), he would not administer it, he would wait for EMT.
Any thoughts? Why is the Red Cross not up on Anaphalyxis or Food Allergies??!! What can we do?