It is important to familiarise yourself with how to use the EpiPen® so that you can show your patients. Various studies have shown that many patients (or parents of patients) do not use their pen properly, or in some cases at all, because they have not had sufficient training.10, 11, 12, 13
The procedure is shown below:
Lie down with your legs slightly elevated or sit up if breathing is difficult.
It is important to impress on patients the need to call 999 immediately, as EpiPen® is not a curative treatment for anaphylaxis, but allows patients time to get to hospital where they can receive appropriate medical care.
Patients should stay lying down or seated and have someone stay with them until they have been assessed by a paramedic.14
Unconscious patients should be placed in the recovery position.14
MEDA Pharmaceuticals Ltd has produced various items to help you support your patients, including how to use leaflets, EpiPen® Demonstration Video and Trainer Pens, which are available from the Supporting Patients section of this website.