All about Allergens for Hospitals: Ward support staff
About this course
Gain knowledge about food allergy and how to manage patients with food allergy on the ward.
Who this course is for
- Assistants in nursing
- Non-clinical support staff (personal service assistants/patient care assistants or otherwise named)
- Clinical assistants
- Administrative staff such as ward clerks, admission clerks and receptionists
- Lifestyle and activity staff
Course modules and learning outcomes
There are four units in this All about Allergens course. Learning outcomes are assessed with short end of unit quizzes and a longer final assessment.
Unit 1: Food allergy overview
- Understand food allergy and the consequences of serving the wrong food to a patient with food allergy.
- Be aware of the roles and responsibilities of the patient with food allergy (or their guardian), nursing and ward support staff, dietetics and the food service department.
- Know the difference between a food allergy, a food intolerance and coeliac disease.
- Be able to list the common food allergens in Australia.
- Know what an allergic reaction might look like.
Unit 2: Hospital duty of care
- Understand what the law states about providing food to patients with food allergy and providing the right information about those foods.
- Understand food labelling laws in Australia for packaged and unpackaged foods.
- Demonstrate knowledge of reading food labels and identifying food allergens on a label.
- Understand Precautionary Allergen Labelling statements and what these mean for patients with food allergy.
Unit 3: Practical management of food allergy on the ward (Part 1)
- Understand how to document a patient’s allergies on admission and follow hospital processes.
- Be aware of allergy medications that patients might bring into the hospital with them.
- Be aware of a usual meal ordering processes for patients with food allergy.
- Apply risk management strategies to minimise the risk for patients with food allergy.
Unit 4: Practical management of food allergy on the ward (Part 2)
- Identify and implement strategies on the ward to ensure that the right meal or fluid is given to the right patient.
- Understand the importance of following hospital processes when preparing foods for patients on the ward or providing mid-meal and after-hours snacks.
- Understand how to report incidents related to food allergy.
This course takes approximately 40 minutes to 1 hour.
Your progress is saved along the way, so you can stop and come back to the course at any time. It is recommended you complete the course within 2 weeks.
How often to undertake this course
You should undertake this training at least every 2 years.
All about Allergens for Hospitals: Ward support staff (released 4 March 2023)
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All about Allergens for Hospitals: Ward support staff (released 20 September 2020 | superseded 4 March 2023)