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11 June 2020

If allergic to bee stings, your first defence against bee or wasp stings is an emergency epinephrine autoinjector (EpiPen, Auvi-Q, or another), as prescribed by a doctor.

This device is a combined syringe and concealed needle that injects a single dose of medication when pressed against your thigh.

Because you never know when you will face a potentially deadly encounter with these little insects, it is vital that you always have your prescribed autoinjector with you. Always be sure to replace epinephrine at its expiry date. It is vital that not only you, but the people who are close to you, know exactly how to use an autoinjector in cases of an emergency. Consider wearing an alert bracelet that identifies your allergy.

Instructions for using an EpiPen

The EpiPen auto-injector is a disposable, pre-filled automatic injection device that administers epinephrine in the event of a severe allergic reaction.

You don’t have to waste time to remove your trousers as it can be injected through clothing.

  • Firstly, remove the EpiPen auto-injector from the carrier tube.
  • Grasp the pen and make sure that the orange tip is pointing downward.
  • Remove blue safety cap by pulling straight up, do not bend or twist. Remember: blue to the sky and orange to the thigh.
  • Place the orange tip against the middle of the outer thigh at a 90-degree angle.
  • Swing and push the auto-injector firmly into the thigh until it makes a ‘click’ sound.
  • Hold firmly in place for three slow seconds – count slowly: ‘1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi, 3 Mississippi’.
  • Remove the pen and rub the area firmly afterwards, to help the absorption of the adrenaline.
  • Start CPR if the person becomes unresponsive.
  • Contact emergency services.
Are you allergic to bee stings?
If allergic, your first line of defence is an EpiPen – keep it handy and close by.

 

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