Anaphylaxis Self-Study Course

Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of allergic reaction and is potentially life threatening. Many licensed practical nurses (LPNs) are performing medication administration including immunizations in non-hospital environments (such as schools, clinics, and home care), where they may be expected to manage anaphylaxis.

This module is designed to assist LPNs in recognizing and managing anaphylaxis in non-hospital environments. The information in this module is enriched by the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and clinical judgment LPNs have acquired through the study of anaphylaxis, pharmacology, and medication administration.

The purpose of this course is to review and reinforce the concepts of identifying and managing anaphylaxis in different settings. Click on the highlighted title to open and view a course component.


Anaphylaxis Study Guide – a short document about identifying and treating anaphylactic events (pdf format)

Anaphylaxis Study Guide II – an electronic version of the Study Guide viewable on browsers and tablets (HTML5 format)

Anaphylaxis Quiz – an online quiz to test your knowledge of the information provided in the Study Guide (25 questions randomly selected from a pool of 62 items)

Additional Readings and Resources

Alberta Health Services. (2015, June 1). Standard on the contraindications and precautions related to immunization [Web page]. Retrieved from

Ferreira, M. B., & World Allergy Organization. (2014). Early anaphylaxis recognition: When an itch is not just an itch. Retrieved from

Health Canada (2016). Adverse reaction database [Web page]. Retrieved from

Public Health Agency of Canada. (2015). Canadian immunization guide. Retrieved from

Simons, F., Ardusso, L., Dimov, V., Ebisawa, M., El-Gamal, Y., Lockey, R., Sanchez-Borges, M., . . . Worm, M. (2013). World Allergy Organization anaphylaxis guidelines: 2013 update of the evidence base. International Archives of Allergy and Immunology, 162(3), 193–204. doi:10.1159/000354543

World Allergy Organization. (2012). WAO online learning modules. Retrieved from

World Allergy Organization. (2013). WAO white book on allergy 2013 update. Retrieved from

World Allergy Organization. (2014). WAO allergy quiz. Retrieved from

Final Examination

Final Examination – This final exam consists of 50 randomly selected questions from a pool of 62 items. A printable CLPNA Certificate of Completion is available upon passing this exam with a score of 80% or better. If you are an Alberta LPN, please enter your Registration Number when requested. Everyone else, leave in the default number. If you want a copy of the Final Exam Results e-mailed to yourself (or anyone else), enter the appropriate e-mail address. Otherwise, leave it blank. (Results are ONLY e-mailed if you have passed the exam).

Course Evaluation

Anaphylaxis Course Evaluation – Please complete this online survey after finishing this self-study course. Your feedback and comments will greatly assist CLPNA in developing and delivering effective, quality nursing educational resources.

Technology Notes

The Final Exam and the quiz can be completed on regular browsers, tablets and smart phones. For iPhones and iPads, download and install the FREE iSpring viewer from the iTunes Store. For Android devices, iSpring Play is available here. The quizzes can also be downloaded and saved on your mobile device and completed off-line at your convenience.

To view and download the PDF/PRINT documents requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

If you are using these quizzes final exam for class assignments or continuing education credits, and want a copy of the Results for your records, enter your name when requested. Otherwise, use Guest and proceed with the quiz / exam. No results or scores are recorded or tracked!