- : Epinephrine auto-injectors are for use in emergency situations and should be administered according to the prescription.
- Step 1: Confirm symptoms Look for signs that the victim is suffering from anaphylaxis, such as difficulty breathing. You may also notice hives, swelling, watery eyes, dizziness, and other symptoms of distress.
- Step 2: Read instructions Read the instructions on the side of the pen before administering the medication.
- Step 3: Remove cap Remove the cap from the injector pen.
- TIP: It is generally not necessary to remove clothing to use the injector. However, if the clothing is especially thick or layered, you may need to remove it before administering the injection.
- Step 4: Press against thigh Hold the tip of the pen against the middle of the thigh and press into it with medium pressure for a few seconds. The injector will activate to administer the medicine automatically.
- TIP: After using the pen, briefly massage the injection site with your fingertips to aid in circulating the medicine.
- Step 5: Seek medical attention Keep the patient relaxed and warm, and immediately seek further medical attention by calling 911 or going to an emergency room.
- Step 6: Discard Dispose of the used pen properly by replacing the cap and wrapping the container in plastic before discarding, to prevent further needle sticks.
- FACT: The leading cause of anaphylaxis that occurs outside of hospitals is food allergies, which account for 100 to 200 deaths in the U.S. each year.
You Will Need
- Epinephrine auto-injector
- Medical attention