Why carry two Adrenalin Auto-injectors?

Why carry two Adrenalin Auto-injectors?

People who have been prescribed an adrenaline auto-injector because of the risk of anaphylaxis should carry two with them at all times for emergency, on-the-spot use. 35% of patients may require more than one adrenaline dose and as many as 20% of patients will go on to develop a second anaphylactic response many hours later.

It is important to note that not all patients will have all reactions, and an individual may experience a different set of symptoms during different episodes, even if the same trigger is involved.

There is clear evidence that failing to administer adrenaline as soon as anaphylaxis is suspected has contributed to fatal outcomes. The Cochrane review (2008) concluded that most people dying from anaphylaxis had not received prompt adrenaline treatment.

Why carry two Adrenalin Auto-injectors? It is vital that at risk patients carry 2 EpiPens at all times. A second dose can be given after about 5 to 15 minutes if necessary.
Watch out video showing How to use an EpiPen.

When to use an EPIPEN

Anaphylaxis is unpredictable, and while a person may have a mild reaction one time, a serious or even life-threatening reaction can occur the next time. In addition, allergic reactions can begin with mild symptoms and then progress to a full anaphylactic episode.

 

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