As the weather becomes warmer and outside activities more inviting, our chances of encountering stinging insects increases. Very often, people with a history of anaphylaxis (an extreme, often life-threatening, allergic reaction to an antigen such as a bee sting) will carry an EpiPen® auto-injector. This prescription medical device uses a spring-loaded needle to rapidly administer a measured, single dose of epinephrine.
In some instances, the allergy sufferer is unable to self-administer the injection, and a trained emergency care provider can be of lifesaving assistance.
Instructors, be sure to check your area’s laws and regulations before offering EpiPen training. State and local law must allow for providers to assist with the devices, and proper training is generally required to meet the regulation.
Our ASHI Basic First Aid and MEDIC First Aid BasicPlus programs each include an optional topic section on the use of these delivery devices. Authorized instructors can access downloadable student handouts and skill guides in the “documents” section of their Otis portal.
The handouts cover how to prepare the EpiPen, deliver the medication safely, and how to remove and properly dispose of the auto-injector.
Now that springtime is almost here, it’s the ideal time to include EpiPen training, if appropriate, in your first aid classes.