When you are first prescribed an EpiPen it can come as a big shock. You now need to carry this device around everywhere that you go - whether it is for yourself or for your child. Ensuring that you know how to use the EpiPen is critical - and training other people that care for you or for your child is absolutely vital.
The idea of using the normal EpiPen is scary enough so to train someone on it where you can't actually go through all of the actions does feel like it's less effective. That is where the EpiPen trainer can come in very handy. The EpiPen trainer does not have a needle but it does have the audio sounds and behavioural traits of the EpiPen so you can feel that you are practicing with the real device and showing people the correct techniques. They are available from pharmacies, patient support organisations and the adrenaline auto-injector distributors at reasonable prices and are ideal for home, schools, sporting clubs, child-cares, and other non-medical environments where First Aid Training is undertaken.
How often should you practice with an EpiPen?
There no actual guidelines, that we are aware of, on how often you should pull out your EpiPen and do some training. It goes without saying, however, that regular training will be beneficial particularly to younger children and their siblings.
Training should include discussions
- on recognising the symptoms,
- locating the EpiPen
- administering the EpiPen
- emergency aid (000)
- medication disposal
There are several videos available for non-medical environments from Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australian and more specific videos for schools/childcares and health professions on the ASCIA website.
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