Anaphylaxis First Aid Update - How to Use Epipen®
UPDATED: 14th November 2017 - New Epipen Procedure
Allergies are on the rise and for the 5% of the Australian population who suffer from a mild to severe food allergy, it's important that others are aware of the common triggers for allergic reaction and how to respond in an emergency.
The top 5 food allergy culprits:
What is Anaphylaxis?
Also called anaphylactic shock, Anaphylaxis (Anna - fill - axis) is the most severe form of allergic reaction, claiming around 10 Australian lives every year.
Anaphylaxis occurs suddenly with signs usually appearing within 20 minutes after exposure to the trigger. Seemingly mild reactions can turn severe very quickly.
The signs of anaphylaxis...
Look for one or more of the following:
- Persistent coughing
- Noisy, difficult breathing
- Swelling of the throat, tongue, face, lips or eyes
- Tingling in the mouth
- Hives, welts or red skin
- Persistent dizziness
- Unconsciousness or collapse
- Abdominal pain and vomiting
- Pale skin & floppiness in young children
Anaphylaxis first aid - the 3 lifesaving steps...
- CALL 000 - Anaphylaxis can be life threatening and adrenaline will only buy a short amount of time.
- LAY PERSON FLAT - Or seated if breathing is difficult.
- GIVE ADRENALINE - location and administer the casualties adrenaline auto injector if available (Commonly known as EpiPen(R))