Epinephrine Auto-Injector Use
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A recent study reported that only 16% of epinephrine auto-injector users are using them correctly. Proper safety training is essential.
That means that 84% of individuals that use these life-saving devices are using them incorrectly.
Many may be asking; what is an epinephrine auto-injector?
An epinephrine auto-injector is a medical device for injecting a measured dose or doses of epinephrine by means of auto-injector technology. It is most often used for the treatment of anaphylactic shock due to an allergy exposure.
We wanted to cover the proper instructions on how to use an auto-injector from leading medical resources, so here is our quick 5 step safety training on safe Epinephrine Auto-Injector Use.
- Place the tip against the middle of the outer thigh or upper leg, at a right angle (perpendicular) to the thigh.
- Swing and push the auto-injector firmly until it “clicks.” The click signals that the injection has started.
- Hold firmly in place for 10 seconds. We recommend doing the 1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi, 3 Mississippi method until you reach 10 Mississippi.
- (Remove the auto-injector from the thigh. The orange tip will extend to cover the needle. If the needle is still visible, do not attempt to reuse it.
- Massage the injection area for 10 seconds.
Last, but not least, you should seek emergency services immediately should the injection not work properly.
Until next time, stay positive and stay safe.