If you have an allergy or know someone who has one, you may have heard of an EpiPen®. It’s an injector that contains adrenaline (epinephrine) to treat severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis). Anyone may do EpiPen® administration, as long as they know the first aid steps found in this article below. However, if you want to advance your skills and knowledge regarding anaphylaxis management and it’s required at work, you may enroll in an EpiPen® training. Anaphylaxis is potentially life-threatening and the Australian government requires certain workers, especially those in childcare services, to acquire first aid certification. Find more details about these below.
How to Use an EpiPen® Step-by-Step?
The manufacturer of the EpiPen® provides the following steps in using the product.
Lie on the Ground
If you can’t do this due to breathing issues, you may sit instead. As long as you don’t stand or walk.
Remove the EpiPen® from the Carry Case
Open the cap and slide the EpiPen® out. Remember to avoid holding the orange shield with your fingers because it has a needle.
Pull Off the Safety Release
Keep the orange shield facing down, pull the blue safety release, hold your legs still, and put the end of the orange shield against your outer mid-thigh. If this is done on a child, hold them to avoid any injury.
Push the Epipen®
Push it hard to the mid-thigh until you click hear or feel a click and hold it there for three seconds.
Remove the EpiPen®
After three seconds, remove the EpiPen® by pulling it out and note the time this was done.
Call an Ambulance
Immediately call 000 for emergency assistance and remain lying down or sitting.
Administer a Second Dose of EpiPen®
If after 5 minutes, there is no response, administer another EpiPen® by following the same instructions above.
What is an EpiPen®?
An EpiPen® contains adrenaline approved in Australia to act as a first aid for severe allergy reactions before medical assistance becomes available.
What are the Side Effects?
According to the Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA), temporary side effects of adrenaline may include the following.
- Increased heart rate
So, you or a casualty may look unwell after an EpiPen® usage.
How Much are EpiPens® in Australia?
The average price of an EpiPen® is $79.99.
How to Get an EpiPen® in Australia?
There is a need to bring your authority prescription to a pharmacy which a clinical immunology/allergy specialist provides via the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). A GP may then release the follow-up prescriptions.
What are the Allergies that Require an EpiPen®?
Administration of an EpiPen® must be done as soon as anaphylaxis occurs from the following allergy triggers.
- Insect bites and stings
- Anaesthetic drugs
Some cases do not involve any kind of allergen.
What Happens if you use an EpiPen® without Needing It?
The ASCIA recommends using an adrenaline injector such as an EpiPen® even if you are unsure it’s anaphylaxis. If a person does not need it, he/she may still experience temporary side effects.
Anapen® vs EpiPen®
Anapen® is also an adrenaline injector like the EpiPen®, it’s just another brand. Both have versions available for adults and kids with varying doses of adrenaline according to age group. However, only the Anapen® has a larger dose version that is ideal for those weighing over 50 kilograms.
According to ASCIA, anyone, even those who are not in the medical field, may use an adrenaline injector. It is why instructions on how to use an EpiPen® or an AnaPen® are made available online and on their containers.
However, anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening condition and younger kids may be unable to administer it. So, the government requires businesses in childcare services to have someone in the organisation complete the anaphylaxis first aid course.
22578VIC Course in First Aid Management of Anaphylaxis Qualification
This is the current course code that involves the first aid responses to anaphylaxis, strategies to prevent exposure to allergens, and minimising risks.
How Long is the EpiPen® Training?
There are 1.5 hours of express assessment at the workplace and 2-4 hours of pre-course online home study. The 3 hours of practical course in CPR First Aid (RTO NO 21903) includes asthma training.
How Much is the EpiPen® Training?
The training that uses either an EpiPen® or AnaPen® only costs $161 in CPR First Aid (RTO NO 21903).
Where is the Location of the EpiPen® Training?
CPR First Aid (RTO NO 21903) has multiple training centres throughout Australia. One of them is found at Quality Hotel Ambassador Perth, 196 Adelaide Terrace, Perth.
How to Enroll in the EpiPen® Training?
Visit the website of CPR First Aid (RTO NO 21903), pay for a slot, and attend the training.
There are easy-to-follow steps for using EpiPen® the right way. It is a brand for an adrenaline injector, similar to AnaPen® that requires a prescription from an allergy specialist. Anyone may respond to anaphylaxis using either of the brands. However, the government requires first aid qualifications for those who work in childcare services. 22578VIC Course in First Aid Management of Anaphylaxis Qualification is the current code that registered training organisations such as CPR First Aid (RTO NO 21903) deliver. If you are one of those required or you would like to advance your knowledge about anaphylaxis, visit the company’s website for more information.