I recently came across a series of short YouTube videos which demonstrate using an epinephrine auto-injector for a severe allergic reaction. The videos show a pair of hands holding the devices and injecting them into the air, rather than into an orange or banana like I’ve seen in the past.
The neat thing about these videos is you can actually watch the needle and medicine eject from the device, and then watch it retract. This is particularly interesting because many people have a lot of fear and/or anxiety using these “shots” themselves.
The EpiPen is the device produced by Mylan Pharmacutical and has been on the market the longest. The instructions say to hold the injector in place for 10 seconds after injecting.
EpiPen® Firing Demo (adult dose)
EpiPen® Jr Firing Demo (small child dose)
The Auvi-Q by Sanofi is the latest device to come on the market. It has a different shape than the EpiPen and has a voice instruction to walk you through the process. The recording instructs you to hold the injector in place for 5 seconds.
Auvi-Q™ (0.3 mg) Firing Demo
Auvi-Q™ (0.15 mg) Firing Demo
From personal experience, I’ve used the EpiPen on both my daughter and myself. It wasn’t painful for me, but my daughter said her injection hurt. It’s important to note that because the needle stays projected while you hold it for the count of 10, it’s important to hold the leg still so the person doesn’t move their leg and possibly become injured.
We have also purchased the Auvi-Q and carried it around for a year, but did not end up using it before it expired. I’ve heard from other people that they like being able to press it to the skin (rather than jab it).
Have you used either of these devices? Did you notice any differences between the two? What’s your reaction to seeing how they work?
Credit: Thanks to Julie Brown, MD, who practices pediatric emergency medicine and pharmacy student Esther Park for their work to create these videos and for letting me share them here. And thanks to Nancy Flores, an allergy mom, who posted the links to these videos on a Facebook group, where I initially saw them. You can find more of my food allergy posts, tips & recipes on my Food Allergy page. I’d also love to connect with you on my Marketing Mama facebook page and twitter. This post, and all posts on this blog, are written from my experiences as a parent of a child with food allergies. I am not a medical expert and encourage you to consult with a doctor on your personal medical situation.
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