Knowing how to use an EpiPen is important. Doctors are seeing more and more children with allergies, especially food allergies. Due to the unpredictable nature of allergic reactions, epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPens) are prescribed. EpiPens deliver medicine quickly and effectively. No child has ever had serious problems from a standard dose of epinephrine when using an EpiPen.

Times when you need to use an EpiPen can be stressful. To calmly react to an allergic reaction, know when and how to use an EpiPen, understand symptoms of allergic reactions and have an action plan in place.

**Updated instructions include holding the EpiPen in place for just three (3) seconds.
– Remove EpiPen from case.
– Pull off blue safety release.
– Inject epinephrine by firmly pushing orange needle end against outer thigh muscle until it “clicks.”
– Hold in place for 3 seconds to deliver epinephrine, then remove EpiPen.
– Seek emergency help by calling 9-1-1.

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  1. EpiPen training was not mentioned when I went to nursing school in 1993. When I was shown an EpiPen I had no idea on how to use it, as the device was confusing and not user friendly. This video cleared up a LOT of things about it, things that nursing school and the EpiPen trainer never shared with me. The importance of this medication should compel EpiPen makers to make them EASY to understand and use. How about two large red arrows pointing towards the injecting end? This was a major point of confusion since no one ever trained on which end was the injecting end. Also, in this day and age EpiPens are VERY expensive and VERY hard to obtain, with most pharmacies not having them at all. I'm just saying, they really need to get their act together on this life saving medicine.

  2. Good video, but I just need to let everyone know one thing, when you come to a point when you actually have to use the real Epi pen, not the trainer, you don’t wait til you hear a click. You literally jab it into your leg because waiting to hear a click could mean life or death. Also, I’m pretty sure you just have to wait 3 seconds; not 10.

  3. Thanks 🙏🏽 I started to have food allergies with shrimp 🍤 it was bad my lips 👄 where swollen my eyes & my lips where having these bumps it was itchy my throat hurt so bad I got a Epipen given for these situations

  4. It costs $600 for a twin-pack in the US?!?! That's disgusting! It costs $38 here in Australia! And is free if you've reached the Medicare safetynet. Why does the American government give no shits about its own people?! It makes me mad that such a wealthy country has a third world healthcare system. It's not right.

  5. In my opinion, the biggest scam on the public by the drug company Astra Zeneca is the Prilosec-Nexium scam. When the patent on Prilosec expired , that company came out with "Nexium" which is the same drug. The FDA let them do it because they mixed the chimerity of the molecule and changed the name. It's the same drug and doesn't work any better but cost a lot more. Shameful!!


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