Acute allergic reaction and how to use an Autoinjector

Anaphylactic Shock, Acute Allergic reaction and how to use an Autoinjector such as Jext or an Epipen

Acute Allergic reactions are life threatening and it is crucially important that you recognise the problem and know what to do quickly in order to save someone’s life.

Child experiencing an acute allergic reaction

How to Treat Anaphylaxis

Adrenaline ( US name: Epinephrine) is the first choice for an acute anaphylactic reaction and it works best if it is given as soon as you recognise that someone is having a reaction. You should administer your injector and call for an ambulance stating clearly that you are having an anaphylactic reaction. We will teach you how to recognise the early signs of an allergic reaction and what to do in the initial stages and as the reaction progresses. You will learn how to give the autoinjector, how to position someone and when to phone an ambulance.

Adrenaline rapidly treats all of the most dangerous symptoms of anaphylaxis, including throat swelling, difficulty breathing, and low blood pressure.

How to use your Epipen (Adrenaline Autoinjector)

How to use your Jext Autoinjector

There are some things you can do to prevent an attack:

  • Know what triggers the allergy and avoid these at all times.
  • Know how to recognise the symptoms of anaphylaxis.
  • Always have your treatment(s) available and ensure they are in date.
  • Understand how and when to correctly take your medicines.
  • Practise with a trainer device and come on appropriate training.
  • Teach your friends, family and colleagues how to recognise the symptoms of anaphylaxis and how to administer your treatment(s).

If you would like us to cover anaphylactic shock and how to use an Autoinjector; Epipen, Jext or Emerade we are happy to incorporate this training into any of our courses.

We are also able to run specific practical courses on Acute Allergic reactions and how to use an Epipen, for Schools, Nurseries and Health Professionals.

Please contact me for more information: emma@firstaidforlife.org.uk

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