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What is the Epipen?
By: Mrs. Renay Reyes, RNC, MSNed, CSN
School Nurse /BCIT Westampton
What is Anaphylaxis?
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Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that
occurs in response to a particular trigger.
Knowing the symptoms of anaphylaxis may save
your life or the life of someone you love.
Anaphylaxis is Commonly Triggered By:
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Insect Venom
Foods
Medications
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What is Epinephrine Injection?
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Epinephrine is a chemical that narrows blood
vessels and opens airways in the lungs. These
effects can reverse severe low blood pressure,
wheezing, severe skin itching, hives, and other
symptoms of an allergic reaction.
Besides being used to treat severe allergic
reactions (anaphylaxis) to insect stings or bites,
foods, drugs, and other allergens. Epinephrine is
also used to treat exercise-induced anaphylaxis.
To use an Epi-Pen Auto-Injector:
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Place the black tip against the fleshy portion of
your outer thigh.
With a quick motion, push the auto-injector firmly against
your thigh at a 90 degree angle.
Hold the auto-injector in place for a few 10 seconds after
activation.
Remove the auto-injector from your thigh and Carefully reinsert the used device needle-first into the carrying tube.
Re-cap the tube and take it with you to the emergency
room so that anyone who treats you will know how much
epinephrine you have received.
Rub injection site for 10 seconds.
Remember:
Grasp-Jab-Call
Side Effects of Epinephrine:
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Palpitations
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Rapid Heart Rate
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Nausea
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Respiratory Difficulty
How To Use EpiPen (Epinephrine) Auto-Injector
How To Use the EpiPen

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