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Tip: safe use of epinephrine auto-injectors
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Gregory M Metz, MD posted:
For patients with allergic diseases that place them at risk for severe allergic reactions or anaphylaxis, epinephrine autoinjectors are an important part of treatment. It is imperative, however, that you understand the indication for its use and are comfortable with how to administer the medication safely and correctly. Between 1994 and 2007 there were over 15,000 accidental injections with epinephrine reported to the CDC. Many of these occurred while patients were trying to treat themselves during an allergic reaction. If you have any questions about indications for the medicine or how to use it, you should contact the prescribing physician. I also suggest that patients practice with a demo/training device (educational device without medication or needle) in their doctor?s office when they get a prescription for this medication. Injectable epinephrine can be life saving during a severe allergic reaction, but you must understand how to use it correctly to avoid injury to yourself or others around you. (Reference from J Allergy Clin Immunol 2010;125:419-23).
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