How to use Epipen® – Anaphylaxis First Aid
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 and potentially life threatening 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:
- Difficulty breathing, talking or a hoarse voice
- Swelling of the throat or tongue
- Coughing snd/ or wheezing
- Abdominal pain and vomiting (considered severe for sting-related allergic reactions)
- Persistent dizziness or collapse
- Pale skin & floppiness in young children
What is an Epipen Adrenaline Auto-Injector?
Giving adrenaline via an auto-injector is the most effective way to reduce the life threatening signs brought on by anaphylactic shock while waiting for an ambulance. In Australia, Epipen is only adrenaline auto-injector currently available and it is very simple to use.
That’s why our latest anaphylaxis video and poster demonstrates the first aid steps for severe allergic reaction including how to administer the Epipen auto-injector.
How to give first aid for Anaphylaxis with Epipen
Want to learn more?
We offer more in-depth and hands-on training for those that want to learn more and/or need certification.
Check out our courses that Anaphylaxis first aid management including CPR:
- HLTAID003 Provide First Aid
- HLTAID004 Provide and Emergency First Aid response in an Education and Care Setting (for those working with Children)