Hopefully you aren’t having to use an EpiPen too frequently, so it’s understandable if you need a refresher on how to use one!
Follow our step-by-step guide below. Come and familiarise yourself with our “hands-on” EpiPen training included in our First aid course.
The EpiPen is a disposable, automatic injection used in the first aid setting for the management of anaphylaxis or a severe allergic reaction. It contains a synthetic version of adrenaline called epinephrine; hence the name EpiPen. Evidence suggests that delayed administration of epinephrine leads to a higher rate of fatalities.
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NOTE: Adrenaline is fast acting, but also has a relatively short half-life (meaning it wears off quickly). Consider the need for subsequent doses after approximately 5 minutes. This is why most known anaphylactics’ tend to carry at least 2 EpiPens’ with them at all times.