Kayla Shepherd31 Mar 2019


Anaphylaxis can be defined as a severe and sudden reaction that occurs as a result of someone who suffers from allergies being exposed to a particular allergen.

But do we truly understand the severity of anaphylaxis and it’s potentially fatal results?


The media has recently reported various tragic stories involving anaphylaxis that has highlighted how serious allergic reactions can be; the most recent being involving large consumer chain ‘Pret A Manger’ whereby not all of the ingredients and potential allergens were highlighted and as a result someone sadly died. There have also been similar instances on aeroplanes in recent years.

Despite significant media coverage of the ‘Pret A Manger’ incident, a fact that many are still unaware of is the occurrence of biphasic anaphylaxis; this secondary reaction is a recurrence after anaphylaxis and after appropriate treatment is given to the initial anaphylactic reaction, this can happen with no additional exposure to the allergen and can occur anywhere from 1-72 hours after the initial reaction but commonly between 8 and 10 hours.


An allergic reaction is the immune system’s way of reacting inappropriately to a threat; a food or substance, this causes histamines to be released from cells in a person’s blood and tissues; resulting in swelling of the lips, mouth and lower airway which can cause breathing difficulties.


In terms of onset, reactions usually occur within in minutes, but they can however occur up to 2-3 hours later and increase in severity rapidly.


It is important to note that not all anaphylaxis causes are related to food, non-food related causes can include wasp and bee stings, penicllin or latex to name but a few.

In some very rare instances, there is no actual cause identified and this is called ‘idiopathic anaphylaxis’.


Symptoms of anaphylaxis are often referred to as ABC symptoms; Airway, Breathing and Conciousness/Circulation.

Anaphylaxis can result in a significant fall in blood pressure which is often referred to as ‘anaphylactic shock.; if a person becomes floppy and weak this can lead to collapse and as a result they slip into unconsciousness, in some incredibly severe cases, even resulting in death.

Society as a whole seems to underestimate the potentially fatal dangers of anaphylaxis; when on aircrafts or at public events where service announcements informs us that somebody in the vicinity has a severe allergy, we must heed these warnings and avoid exposing them to these foods or substances.

Reactions will differ in severity, as will triggers, some sufferers will have to actively ingest a substance in order to trigger a reaction, whereas other sufferers may begin to react as soon as they are exposed to an airborne trigger and so we must not underestimate the fatal implications anaphylaxis can have.

If you suspect someone is going into anaphylactic shock in your presence, seek medical help immediately. Time is of the essence for anaphylaxis and the person will need treating; either with their own epi-pen or other medications as soon as possible in order to reduce the risk of fatality.

If you would like more information on anaphylaxis, please visit the following websites:



Safety Mode Ltd25 Jan 2019

Attitudes & Fears – First Aid in the Workplace

First Aid is not just a vital skill for you as an individual but also an essential skill to have within the workplace.

So why is First Aid training in the workplace so limited?

I recently conducted a presentation at a local Business Network Meeting, whereby I asked the 59 people in the room who had undertaken First Aid training in the last 12 months, to which not one person stood up. I then asked how many people had undertaken First Aid training in the last 3 years – only 5 people out of 40 stood up.

This is a staggeringly scary statistic, and one that needs to change urgently.

Many employers think that just because one member of the team or the manager has undertaken First Aid training, that this is enough – I couldn’t disagree more. What happens if that person isn’t in on a certain day? What happens when your First Aiders take annual leave? Even scarier, what if it’s your First Aider that is taken ill or is injured?

In my opinion, every person in the workplace should have some form of First Aid training and experience. Whilst employers may find this costly, in my opinion, you can’t put a price on saving a life.

For some businesses, managers don’t seem to value the importance of First Aid in the workplace beyond the legal requirements of having one or two members of the staff team fully First Aid trained.

Similarly, many don’t appreciate that despite what type of business you are, everyone should have First Aid skills; many believe that if you are an office-based workplace there is less need for everyone to be First Aid than say if you are a construction-based company. This couldn’t be further from the truth; accidents in the work place can happen anywhere, at any time and at varying levels of severity, and so ensuring that everyone is adequately prepared to deal with these first aid emergencies, and it should be viewed across all work places to be a high priority.

There are obvious medical and life-saving benefits to staff being First Aid trained, but there are also other practical benefits that will benefit any workplace.

Not only will employees learn vital life-saving skills, but First Aid training will also enable them to become more safety aware, which in turn supports the decrease in the number of accidents that occur within the workplace.

In addition to this, First Aid training gives employees the knowledge and confidence they need to manage an emergency situation without fear or hesitation.

These vital First Aid skills are so important to every person of all ages and walks of life, so much so, the Government has recently confirmed plans to teach CPR in schools. (You can read more about this here: https://www.bhf.org.uk/what-we-do/news-from-the-bhf/news-archive/2019/january/government-confirms-plans-to-teach-cpr-in-schools)

If you are considering investing in First Aid training for your staff team, get into the ‘ MODE’ and act fast.    

First Aid is a lesson you will never regret learning.

Kayla Shepherd20 Jun 2018

Restart The Heart Campaign

On the 16th of October The British Heart Fondation is again running their annual intiative Restart the Heart, this initiative aims to train as many people as possible in CPR in one day.

Last year 195,000 young people were trained in life saving skills across the uk !! 

If you suffer an out-of-hospital cardic arrest in the uk, you have less than one in ten chance of surviving!  Safety Mode Ltd want to help change that and you can help ! we are looking for schools or anyone that works with young people over the Worthing area who would like to take part in the campaign. Do you know;  anyone who works in a school or maybe the school your children go to, a community youth group, would they like to get involved and provide an opportunity for young people to learn these life saving skills?

Did you know that you maybe eligible for free CPR training kits !! 

This September will also be the 1 year anniversary of the very tragic day our company director lost her husband, this is another reason why we at Safety Mode Ltd are keen to spread far and wide the importance of learning these skills, life is too short so learn these life skills TODAY !

Go to the British Heart Fondation website to find out more

or Contact Kayla:  Kayla@safetymode.co.uk for more information

Kayla Shepherd7 Mar 2018

Encouraging the future generation

On the 8th March 2018 I will be supporting year 10 students at Worthing High School. Safety Mode Ltd will be part of 'THE BIG INTERVIEW'where individuals from several businesses from the local area will be interviewing the students in a realistic interview situation. 

I am looking forward to re creating a life like interview experience for the students and providing them with supportive and constructive feedback. Which will put them on the right track to follow  their career passions. 

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Kayla Shepherd14 Sep 2017

Our First Aid journey so far........

Well the last few months have been very busy, with the launch of our open courses and our Mini Medic workshops for children over the summer holidays.

we have enjoyed attending several networking meetings, where we have met some fantastic people and shared our passion for first aid.

Kayla (our instructor) especially enjoyed attending an Anaphylaxis Campaign meeting at St Pauls in Worthing, Here is what she had to say about the meeting:

 Lily (one of our baby manikins) and I found the meeting inspiring and I met a lovely group of parents who have children with allergies (some with very severe reactions) during the meeting I was able to talk to the parents and understand their frustrations regarding the awareness of anaphylaxis reactions and the importance of Epi - Pen training. The parents were able to share top tips on travelling, eating out in restaurants and going to childrens parties. I had the opportunity to explain about Safety Mode Ltd and how our training courses cover Anaphylaxis, all the parents were very keen to attend one of our First Aid workshops for parents and carers (which covers Anaphylaxis and Epi - pens. I am looking forward to meeting them again on the 6th October.

If you would like more information about the Anaphylaxis Campaign please visit www.anapylaxis.org.uk