How Do You Administer an EpiPen Auto-Injector?

Gaining knowledge in using an EpiPen is important. We are seeing more and more children with allergies, especially food allergies.

Times, when you need to use an EpiPen can be stressful. Calm reaction to an allergic reaction emergency, knowing when and how to use an EpiPen can help the person in distress.

What is an EpiPen auto-injector?

Epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPens) are prescribed due to the unpredictable nature of allergic reactions. This medication is used in emergencies to treat severe allergic reactions to insect stings/bites, foods, drugs, or other substances. It works quickly to improve breathing, stimulate the heart, raise dropping blood pressure, reverse hives, and reduce swelling of the face, lips, and throat.

EpiPen contains epinephrine, a medication that can help decrease your body’s allergic reaction by:

  • Relaxing the muscles in your airways to make breathing easier
  • Helping to reverse the rapid and dangerous decrease in blood pressure
  • Relaxing the muscles in the stomach, intestines, and bladder

EpiPen is for emergency treatment only and does not replace seeing a healthcare provider or going to the hospital.

EpiPen auto-injector is available in two formats, the EpiPen for adults and the EpiPen Jr. for children. Both are single-use injectable devices that deliver a fixed dose of epinephrine.

When do you administer an EpiPen auto-injector?

It should always be near you if you have a prescription for an EpiPen auto-injector.Use it only as directed by your doctor. Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, and do not use it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.

Use the EpiPen to stop a severe allergic reaction. Reactions often occur due to a bee sting, food or medicine. Some signs of a severe allergic reaction include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Tight, hoarse or scratchy throat
  • Wheezing, repeated cough or shortness of breath
  • Lightheaded, fainting, weak pulse or low blood pressure
  • Swollen tongue, slurred speech or blue colour around the lips
  • Severe swelling or itching of the face, scalp, arms, legs, or large hives all over the body. (You may not need epinephrine for just hives without other allergic symptoms present.)

How do you administer an EpiPen auto-injector?

You should know how to use your prescribed EpiPen before an emergency. Teach anyone who cares for you or your child when and how to use the auto-injector. Make sure you or your family members understand exactly how to give them.

It is injected under the skin or into the muscle of your outer thigh only. Do not inject into your hands or toes, a vein, or the muscle of your buttocks. Doing so may increase the chance of having serious side effects.

Watch this video demonstration and learn how to administer an EpiPen auto-injector.

Does an EpiPen auto-injector have side effects?

Suppose you have certain medical conditions or take certain medicines. In that case, your condition may worsen, or you may have longer-lasting side effects when using EpiPen or their authorised generics.

Common side effects include fast, irregular or “pounding” heartbeat, sweating, nausea or vomiting, breathing problems, paleness, dizziness, weakness, shakiness, headache, feelings of over-excitement, nervousness or anxiety.

These side effects usually go away quickly if you lie down and rest. Tell your healthcare professional if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away.

Do you have to go to the ER after using an EpiPen?

An epinephrine injection could save your life after a severe allergic reaction, but you should always be checked out by a medical professional after using an EpiPen. This is because your allergic reaction might require further monitoring.

When you go to the emergency department to be treated for your allergic reaction or anaphylaxis, the doctor will do a complete examination. The medical staff will check your breathing and give you oxygen if needed.

If you continue to wheeze and have trouble breathing, you may be given other medications by mouth, intravenously, or with an inhaler to help you breathe more easily.

Where can I find online training courses and qualification for administering an EpiPen?

The Mandatory Training Group is the leading UK provider of accredited statutory and mandatory training courses for all sectors, including health and social care, education, local government, private companies, charitable and third sector organisations.

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