Adrenal Crisis | Addisonian crisis (Addison’s Disease) Management Training

Addison’s disease, also known as primary adrenal insufficiency or hypoadrenalism, is a rare disorder of the adrenal gland, found on top of the kidneys. It results in a lack of cortisol, which is a hormone that keeps our energy levels consistent throughout the day.

Addison’s disease can be lived with if you medicate regularly with hormone supplements, but there is a risk of your usual symptoms becoming suddenly much worse. This is called an Adrenal Crisis (Addisonian Crisis) which requires immediate first aid management and advanced care in hospital.

Our course covers all fundamental information surrounding Addison’s disease: its causes, symptoms, treatments, prevention as well as what to do if someone has an Adrenal Crisis.  

This course will be delivered using a variety of teaching methods including presentations, case studies, small group discussions, videos, and practical simulation. They are suited for all levels of knowledge and experience.

 Who is this Adrenal Crisis training course for? 

  • Schools or Colleges with a student with adrenal insufficiency
  • Care providers supporting an individual with adrenal insufficiency.
  • Ambulance trusts looking to run CPD sessions for their teams.
  • People studying to work in the emergency services.
  • Members of voluntary organisations that provide emergency services.

 What do the sessions cover?

  • Adrenal insufficiency and Addison's disease - what are they, signs and symptoms, daily care, and treatment.
  • Adrenal crisis – How to spot one, and what we can do to help.
  • How to prevent and prepare for Adrenal Crisis emergencies
  • Escalation Plan – what should be in the escalation plan, how to store, prepare and administer the emergency medication which is intramuscular hydrocortisone.
  • Practice demonstration, simulation, and practice of preparing medications for intramuscular injections, including reconstituting hydrocortisone powder, drawing up, as well as intramuscular injection technique into the thigh.

 How long are the sessions?

Approximately 4 hours, however we can tailor the sessions to suit local requirements and individual needs. 

When are the sessions running?

We run bespoke sessions to suit trusts and care providers, so please get in touch with us to discuss your local needs.