Many people are afraid to use EpiPens in an emergency because they have needles. But the fact is that EpiPens are super easy to use. They are called auto-injectors because they already have the medicine in them and you basically just need to point and push to give the medicine. No measuring medicine or dealing with syringes.
My daughter has severe food allergies and carries two EpiPens with her on a belt whenever she leaves the house. I make sure to train anyone who will be watching her on how to use the EpiPens in case of a food allergy reaction.
Last night we were using expired EpiPens to practice as a family and reacquaint ourselves with what it’s like to give an EpiPen injection. I also wanted to make sure everyone understood the new FDA instructions to hold the EpiPen for only three seconds. My daughter wanted to demonstrate for all of you how easy it is.
Love this so much. People are people and we need to embrace everyone and show compassion – no matter their size, gender, color, religion, etc.
There is really big news for anyone who carries EpiPens, or spends time with someone who carries an EpiPen or EpiPen Jr.
Mylan reached out to me as a blogger via email to help get the word out. For those of you who like to double and triple-check your sources, you can also find this information on the FDA website and FARE just published an update as well: Updates to Instructions for Epinephrine Auto Injectors.
WHAT ARE THE NEW PATIENT INSTRUCTIONS?
The EpiPen device has NOT changed, but the instructions on how to use EpiPens have changed. I’ve highlighted changes in the image here (quick and easy way to see what’s new). Below are more details provided by Mylan (the pharma company which markets and distributes the EpiPen):
1. Hold patient’s leg and limit movement during administration
Lacerations, bent needles and embedded needles have been reported when epinephrine has been injected into the thigh of young children who are uncooperative and kick or move during an injection. In order to minimize the risk of injection-related injury when administering the epinephrine injection to young children, caregivers are advised to hold the child’s leg firmly in place and limit movement prior to and during injection.
Some of you may remember when I first talked about the new Veta Smart Case for EpiPens.
It’s an exciting idea – a smart case that can alert you if you or your child ever forgets their life-saving medication, or if it gets too hot or cold, or if they open it and you need to rush into action.
I had the opportunity to meet the people behind Veta at the Food Allergy Blogger Conference and asked them to give me a demonstration so I could share it all with you.
I have something that might help you talk with your children about keeping safe, and it might help them protect themselves. More than a year ago I read this blog post that talked about not keeping secrets and how the author talks to her children about body safety. She had “body safety” rules posted in her kitchen for all to see. I was super impressed.
I adapted the rules a bit (because I can’t help myself from editing, really), printed them out and hung them in my kitchen. My kids and I read through them one by one and talked about them. They asked questions. One time recently, before a sleep over, we read through them again as a reminder. I point out the body safety rules to babysitters and ask them to read through them. Here they are: