There has been a recent update on the administration of adrenaline via the EpiPen® and EpiPen® Junior adrenaline auto-injectors, you are no longer required to administer for 10 seconds, the time of administration has been reduced to 3 seconds.
The new injectors started to come onto the market in the UK in November 2017.
All other first aid treatment for anaphylactic shock remains the same:
- Remove the trigger of the allergy
- Call 999/112 and tell the controller you suspect anaphylaxis
- Find out if the casualty has an auto injector and assist them to use it – follow the instructions on the side of the injector
- Help the casualty to sit up in the most comfortable position that best removes any difficulty in breathing. If they become pale with a weak pulse then treat for shock by lying them flat with their legs raised
- Monitor and record breathing, pulse and levels of response. If symptoms do not improve, get worse or return another auto injector can be given 5 minutes after the first dose
You can find out more about the causes and signs of severe allergic reactions and anaphylaxis by clicking this here.
First aid training for anaphylaxis is covered in our first aid at work and paediatric first aid courses, check out our Events Page on Facebook or Upcoming Courses section of the website for the next available course. You’ll not only learn about anaphylaxis, but a range of other skills, including basic life support, CPR & defibrillator training and choking. First aid training is an essential skill and can make you the difference to someone surviving an emergency.
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