EpiPen Training

The EpiPen [epinephrine or also known as adrenalin] is a medicine which is used to treat many medical conditions like anaphylaxis, superficial bleeding and cardiac arrest. EpiPen is produced by certain neurones and adrenal glands and it is given with the help of an injection or a syringe. And if any other treatment is not effective enough, it can also be used to treat asthma.

An EpiPen or Epinephrine injector is a device used to inject the measured dose of EpiPen to the patient of Anaphylaxis. When Anaphylaxis is diagnosed, the EpiPen solution should be injected into the thigh muscle quickly. It should be carried along with anyone having severe allergies.

An EpiPen is an injection that contains Epinephrine in it. It is a chemical that narrows the blood vessels and it also opens lung airways. It is also used after a severe insect bite or a sting.



EpiPen Training

Proper training is essential in order to know how to use an EpiPen. It is a whole tricky process and you have to make sure that the allergy is properly cured. There are many important things to keep in mind. So if you are using it yourself, make sure you use it exactly how your doctor directed. Follow all the directions that are prescribed. Do not remove the safety cap until you are ready to use it. You should consult a doctor for proper treatment and training of EpiPen, however, if you don’t understand the instruction or guidance, DO NOT use it yourself.

The dos:

  • First of all: pull off blue safety release by forming a fist around the EpiPen.
  • Place the orange/black tip against the outer mid thigh’s flesh
  • With a quick motion, push it down hard until you hear a click or feel a hold for 10 seconds. This will release the spring-loaded needle that is injected with the required dose of EpiPen.
  • Carefully remove the auto-injector after 10 seconds. Reinsert the used device needle into the carrying tube.

The don’ts:

  • Try not to use the EpiPen with the clothes on. It can cause more allergy to the sensitive area. However, in an emergency situation, it can be used with the clothes on.
  • Do not inject it into your veins, buttocks, hands or feet.
  • Don’t leave the child to take this injection alone. Hold the leg of young children, while giving the EpiPen, to prevent any injuries.

Safety Precautions:

  • Use EpiPen right away when you have an allergic emergency.
  • People who use EpiPen injections may have some infection in the area where the injection is given. This can be serious at times so do concern your doctor for further assistance.
  • Common symptoms of the person who needs the EpiPen include – irregular heartbeat, nausea, sweating, paleness, dizziness, headache, weakness, nervousness or anxiety.

Before using an EpiPen, make sure you inform your doctor about:

  • Any heart disease or high blood pressure issues you have
  • Coronary artery diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Heart rhythm disorders
  • Thyroid or gland disorder