A diagnosis of anaphylaxis goes hand-in-hand with a prescription for an epinephrine auto-injector. When an attack occurs, this injection needs to be given immediately, but do you know how?
Now that we know that you're at risk for anaphylaxis because you have an allergy, we want to make sure that you have your epinephrine auto-injectors on hand.
These are the things that may save your life so we need to know how to use them. So now I'm going to show you.This is very easy to use. It’s basically three easy steps.
First, you're going to take it out its container and then you’re going to -- step one, hold it in the middle. Step two, you’re going to remove the cap to activate it.You don’t want to put your thumb over the top. You want to continue to hold it here.
Step three, you’re going to deploy it. You’re going to deploy it into the side of your thigh. And you do it like this and press down.
Once you hear the click, you’re going to count to ten so that it stays there for ten seconds to make sure you get all the medication you need. And then you can take it off.
So now that you know how to use this epinephrine auto-injector I'm going to show you another type of epinephrine auto-injector.
So this one doesn’t just have directions that you can read on it, it actually verbalizes the directions.
So you're going to take it out of its case.
Here’s the red safety guard, and we’re going to pull that off.
"Now ready to inject. Place black end against outer thigh then press firmly and hold in place for five seconds."
So, similar placement of where you inject it, you swing to the side of your thigh.
"To inject, please -- Five, four, three two, one; injection complete"
One of the differences with this epinephrine auto-injector is that it will only count to five. And as you heard, it counts to five itself.
Ok, now that you know how to use epinephrine auto-injectors, there are a few things I'm going to tell you about them.
First of all, if you do have to use them, you want to make sure you call 911 or get to a medical facility for further care. Because they only last about 10 to 15 minutes and you may need further treatment.
You can deploy it through your clothes. Even something as thick as jeans, it’s fine, the needle will go through the clothing so you will get the medication you need ...
On top of that, some people, about one in ten people need to have two doses ... And you want to keep both of those with you at all times for emergencies ...
Once you do deploy it - You just need to make sure you bring it to a medical facility or your allergist so they can dispose of it appropriately.
And then the last thing - You want to make sure it’s stored at room temperature and that you have it with you at all times.
Putting it in the refrigerator being too cold, or putting it in the car’s glove box and getting too hot is possibly going to make the medication not work anymore.