Instructing Friends & Family on How to Administer Your EpiPen

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Administering an EpiPen is a pretty stressful task–especially for someone who has never done it before. That said, when you are having a severe allergic reaction to something, you don’t have time for someone to get over their fear of administering an EpiPen. You need someone who is going to act quickly and correctly to ensure you have a chance for recovery.

Instructing friends and family on how to administer your EpiPen before a reaction happens can help save your life. The first step is to always make sure that you are wearing your medical information bracelet so that people know what is going on if a situation occurs. The second is to sit down with your loved ones and show them exactly how to use the EpiPen. The standard steps include:

1. Point the orange tip downward and remove the blue safety cap by pulling straight up. Do not bend or twist the cap.

2. Place the orange tip against the middle of the outer thigh, then swing and push the auto-injector firmly into the thigh until you hear a clicking sound. Hold firmly in place for three seconds.

3. Call 911 after using the EpiPen to ensure that the person having the allergic attack receives the medical attention they require.