How to Use Your Epinephrine Auto-Injector
10
October

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , /


NARRATOR: THIS VIDEO
WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO USE AN EPINEPHRINE AUTO-INJECTOR, SOMETIMES KNOWN AS AN “EPIPEN.” YOU MAY HAVE A SEVERE ALLERGY
TO BEE STINGS, PEANUTS, SHELLFISH, OR CERTAIN MEDICINES. IF ONE OF THESE
GETS INTO YOUR BODY, YOU COULD HAVE A VIOLENT
ALLERGIC REACTION. THE SIGNS OF A REACTION
INCLUDE SUDDEN ITCHING, HIVES, DIFFICULTY BREATHING, AND EVEN A SENSE
THAT YOUR THROAT IS CLOSING. AN AUTO-INJECTOR GIVES
A DOSE OF MEDICINE CALLED “EPINEPHRINE,” AND EPINEPHRINE CAN
STOP THE ATTACK. THERE ARE SEVERAL BRANDS
OF EPINEPHRINE AUTO-INJECTORS. ALTHOUGH THEY MAY
LOOK DIFFERENT, ALL OF THEM WORK
IN ABOUT THE SAME WAY. THIS AUTO-INJECTOR COMES
IN A CLEAR PLASTIC CASE THAT PROTECTS IT FROM DAMAGE. IT HAS A WINDOW ON ITS SIDE SO YOU CAN CHECK THE MEDICINE
FROM TIME TO TIME. THE MEDICINE SHOULD LOOK CLEAR. IF IT’S EVER DISCOLORED
OR CLOUDY, YOU SHOULD THROW
THE INJECTOR AWAY AND ASK YOUR DOCTOR
OR PHARMACIST FOR A NEW ONE. YOU ALSO SHOULD KEEP TRACK OF
THE MEDICINE’S EXPIRATION DATE. BE SURE TO ASK
FOR A NEW AUTO-INJECTOR IF YOURS WILL EXPIRE SOON. IF YOU NEED TO USE
THE AUTO-INJECTOR, UNCAP THE CASE
AND SLIDE THE INJECTOR OUT. YOU’LL SEE A TIP THAT’S USUALLY
ORANGE OR YELLOW. THE NEEDLE WILL COME OUT OF THIS
TIP WHEN YOU USE THE INJECTOR. TO AVOID ACCIDENTALLY STICKING
YOURSELF WITH THE NEEDLE, YOU SHOULD NEVER TOUCH
THE COLORED TIP. BEFORE YOU USE
THE AUTO-INJECTOR, YOU MUST PULL OFF
THE SAFETY CAP. IN MOST CASES,
THIS CAP IS GRAY OR BLUE. WE’LL BE USING A “TRAINER”
FOR TODAY’S DEMONSTRATION. IT LOOKS AND ACTS
LIKE A REAL AUTO-INJECTOR, BUT IT HAS NO NEEDLE
OR MEDICINE INSIDE. YOU CAN USE THE TRAINER
TO PRACTICE ON YOURSELF. YOU ALSO CAN LET FAMILY,
FRIENDS, AND COWORKERS USE IT SO THEY’LL BE ABLE TO HELP YOU
IF YOU NEED IT. IF YOU KNOW YOU HAVE
A SEVERE FOOD OR OTHER ALLERGY, YOU SHOULD ALWAYS KEEP
YOUR AUTO-INJECTOR NEARBY. IF YOU’RE HAVING A REACTION, GET YOUR AUTO INJECTOR
AS QUICKLY AS YOU CAN. SLIDE THE INJECTOR
OUT OF ITS TUBE, GRIP IT IN YOUR FIST, ORANGE OR YELLOW TIP DOWN, THEN PULL OFF
THE BLUE SAFETY CAP. SWING AND FIRMLY
PUSH YOUR ARM DOWN SO THAT THE ORANGE OR YELLOW TIP MAKES FIRM CONTACT
WITH YOUR OUTER THIGH. YOU’LL HEAR A CLICK
AS THE MEDICINE IS INJECTED. HOLD THE INJECTOR FIRMLY
AGAINST YOUR THIGH AND SLOWLY COUNT TO 10. THIS MAKES SURE ALL THE MEDICINE
HAS BEEN INJECTED. THE INJECTOR WORKS
THROUGH CLOTHES, SO YOU CAN GET THE MEDICINE
INTO YOUR BODY QUICKLY. NOW PULL THE INJECTOR AWAY. YOU SHOULD START FEELING RELIEF
RIGHT AWAY. IF YOU CONTINUED
HAVING SYMPTOMS, YOU WOULD REPEAT
THE ENTIRE PROCESS, USING YOUR SECOND AUTO-INJECTOR. EPINEPHRINE AUTO-INJECTORS
ARE ALWAYS ISSUED TWO AT A TIME. THIS IS SO THAT A SECOND DOSE
IS READY IF YOU NEED IT. AUTO-INJECTORS ARE MEANT TO BE
THROWN AWAY RIGHT AFTER USE. YOU WOULDN’T WANT TO MISTAKE
A USED AUTO-INJECTOR FOR A NEW ONE. PUT THE USED AUTO-INJECTOR
IN A SHARPS CONTAINER. IF YOU DON’T HAVE A READY-MADE
SHARPS CONTAINER, YOU CAN MAKE ONE USING
A JAR OR BOTTLE MADE OF STIFF PLASTIC
WITH A SCREW-ON CAP. ONE EXAMPLE IS
A DETERGENT BOTTLE. LABEL IT VERY CLEARLY
AS DANGEROUS. ANYONE WHO SEES IT WILL KNOW
TO LEAVE IT ALONE. YOU SHOULD KEEP THE CONTAINER
IN A SAFE PLACE, OUT OF REACH
OF CHILDREN AND PETS. AFTER GIVING YOURSELF
EPINEPHRINE, KEEP A CLOSE EYE
ON YOUR SYMPTOMS, AND CALL 911 IF YOU CONTINUE
TO HAVE PROBLEMS. WHEN YOU DO FEEL BETTER, CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR
OR PHARMACIST TO GET ANOTHER AUTO-INJECTOR
SO YOU’LL ALWAYS HAVE ONE HANDY. AN AUTO-INJECTOR CAN BE STORED ALMOST ANYWHERE THAT’S
ROOM TEMPERATURE. IT SHOULDN’T BE KEPT
IN THE REFRIGERATOR OR IN A PARTICULARLY HOT PLACE
LIKE A CAR. AND IT SHOULD ALWAYS BE STORED
IN ITS CASE TO PROTECT IT FROM SUNLIGHT
AND ANY POSSIBLE DAMAGE. SEVERE ALLERGIES CAN BE
LIFE-THREATENING. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT
THERE’S A QUICK AND EASY WAY TO TREAT THEM. KEEP YOUR EPINEPHRINE
AUTO-INJECTOR NEARBY SO YOU CAN KEEP YOURSELF SAFE.


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