Severe allergies to food, bee venom and more are on the rise and it is critical for caretakers to know how to respond in case of emergency. Reactions do happen and the best way to be prepared is by always carrying epinephrine and knowing how to administer it. Dr. Safadi, Board Certified Allergist with offices in Findlay and surrounding communities, explains recent guideline changes for EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr.® Auto-Injector carriers to be aware of.
“The biggest change,” says Dr. Safadi, “is the time required to keep the EpiPen in contact with the skin. I now recommend five seconds instead of ten, which makes it much easier to hold a child still for the duration.” While the labeling says to hold in place for three seconds, Dr. Safadi suggests five because people tend to count faster when anxious.
The second change is to the technique. “Instead of jabbing the epipen into the thigh, hold the leg still and push the EpiPen until you hear it click. This reduces the chances of traumatization for the person receiving it and there is less chance of it slipping,” explains Safadi. These two changes apply to all EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. Auto-Injectors on the market that have not expired.
Please note: as this article is going to press, the rising costs of EpiPens have been a major concern. Talk to your allergist or doctor about your options to keep costs down.