How to Use an EpiPen

Curious about how to use an EpiPen in an emergency? Our quick educational video, presented by our amazing Trainer Brock, has got you covered! Check out the step-by-step guide today. To book into one of our First Aid courses on the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Adelaide, or Tasmania, click here or call us today on (07) 5491 2144.

How to Use an EpiPen

Step 1: Recognise the Signs of Anaphylaxis

  • Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can be life-threatening.
  • Common symptoms include difficulty breathing, swelling of the face and throat, hives, a rapid or weak pulse, and a drop in blood pressure.

Step 2: Have the EpiPen Ready

  • Ensure that you have the EpiPen with you at all times if you have a known severe allergy.
  • Familiarise yourself with the EpiPen and read the instructions provided.

Step 3: Remove the Safety Cap

  • Hold the EpiPen in your dominant hand with the orange tip pointing downward.
  • Use your other hand to remove the blue safety cap by pulling it straight off.

Step 4: Find the Injection Site

  • The most common injection site is the outer thigh.
  • Avoid injecting into a vein or buttock muscles.

Step 5: Inject the EpiPen

  • Swing and firmly push the orange tip against the outer thigh until you hear a click. The injection occurs automatically.
  • Hold the EpiPen in place for about 3 seconds to ensure the full dose is delivered.

Step 6: Seek Emergency Medical Attention

  • Call 000 immediately, even if the symptoms start to improve.
  • Inform emergency responders that you have used an EpiPen.

Step 7: Dispose of the Used EpiPen

  • Safely dispose of the used EpiPen according to local regulations. Do not reuse or share.

Step 8: Follow Up

  • Even if the symptoms improve after using the EpiPen, seek medical attention promptly to address the allergic reaction and prevent a potential recurrence.

Important Tips:

  • Always carry two EpiPens in case a second dose is needed.
  • Regularly check the expiration date and replace the EpiPen as needed.
  • Practice using the EpiPen trainer provided by your healthcare provider to become familiar with the steps.
  • Remember, using an EpiPen is an emergency measure. Always seek professional medical attention after administering epinephrine.
  • This guide is not a substitute for proper training, so consult with your healthcare provider for personalised advice and instructions.