Are you completely sure how to use your EpiPen if your or a friend of family member has an anaphylactic reaction? I had to use mine recently and in the stressful situation of an anaphylactic attack I panicked and was not sure what to do. I managed OK but it was very scary. Anaphylaxis can be very frightening, and you often go into shock and can forget what you should do.
Get trainer adrenaline auto injectors
Since this recent allergic reaction I did some research. If I was scared, then others must be too. I found out that you can get a Trainer EpiPen for FREE from the manufacturer of your adrenaline auto injector. It looks just like your normal EpiPen but it has no adrenalin in it and no needle so it’s safe to play around with and get a feel of how it works
I would suggest you show your family, close friends, and even your work colleagues – especially the first-aiders if you have them where you work – how to use an EpiPen. Encourage them to use it so they know how it feels and what to expect if they need to administer it for you.
I found this demo on YouTube – Dr Zoe Demonstrates How to use an EpiPen on This Morning.
How to use an adrenaline auto injector for anaphylaxis
- Remove the cap carefully from the end of the EpiPen
- Grip the EpiPen in your fist. Be careful to keep your thumb away from the end of the pen. Tuck it into your fist.
- Punch the EpiPen firmly into the side of your thigh and hold securely there for 10 seconds. You don’t need to remove any clothing and you can inject through trousers or jeans. You should hear the needle click when it activates
- Phone 999 and state ANAPHYLAXIS
- Massage the area for 10 seconds when you remove the needle
I feel much more confident now that I will know exactly what to do if I have another anaphylactic attack. If I had seen these demonstrations before it would have really helped me. Be prepared and stay calm. I hope you won’t ever have to use one but if you do make sure you act fast.
Or you could watch me demonstrating how to use an Epipen into an orange here.
Have you had to use yours? How did it feel? Did you remember what to do? I found practising into an orange helped me feel calmer. It’s a great idea to do with your kids. Throw the orange out afterwards obviously!
I would also recommend anyone with anaphylaxis should join Anaphylaxis UK. I’ve been a member for years and have learnt so much, gained a lot of support and continue to learn from their regular events and webinars.
You may also be interested in reading
- Anaphylaxis – The Essential Guide – the ultimate self-help book for anyone with anxiety about anaphylaxis
- Equal Eats Allergy Cards – get 10% off
- 10 reasons to wear a Medicalert bracelet for anaphylaxis