Form a fist around the EpiPen® and PULL off the blue safety release
What is EpiPen® Auto-Injector?
EpiPen® is a unique, cartridge based auto-injector containing adrenaline, the first-line treatment for severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis). Immediate access to an EpiPen® Auto-Injector is critical. At the onset of anaphylaxis, you can quickly and easily
self-administer EpiPen® in two simple steps, providing time to seek life-saving medical assistance.
EpiPen® comes safely housed in a convenient, flip top carrier case, ensuring full protection and portability.
Key features of EpiPen® Auto-Injector:
- A one-step, flip-top carry case designed for single-handed opening
- A blue safety-release cap designed to prevent unintentional injection
- An ergonomic design for a firm grip and easy handling
- Illustrated instructions on the device
- A brightly coloured orange tip for identification of the needle end
- Never-See-Needle™ to protect against needle exposure both before and after use
At what age should a child change from EpiPen® Junior to EpiPen®
The point of change is NOT determined by age. It is based on the weight of the child. In New Zealand the Medsafe approved guidelines are that EpiPen® Junior is suitable for children 15-30kg. Once the child is over 30kg in weight, they should be changed over to EpiPen® Adult.
The Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) have slightly different guidelines and there are some healthcare professionals in New Zealand who choose to work with the ASCIA guidelines. The ASCIA guidelines state that EpiPen® Junior is suitable for children weighing 10-20kg and once the child is over 20kg in weight, an adult EpiPen® should be used.
Your doctor or allergy specialist will determine which EpiPen® is right for your child. If you are in doubt please contact your healthcare professional.
Administering your EpiPen® in 2 simple steps:
Hold leg firmly. Push the orange end firmly into the outer mid-thigh until it ‘clicks’ and hold for 3 seconds.
After administration of EpiPen® Auto-Injector always seek medical attention – call 111
Storage of EpiPen® Auto-Injector
The adrenaline within EpiPen® may deteriorate rapidly on exposure to light.
- Always store your EpiPen® in the carrier tube provided.
- Do not store your EpiPen® in a car glove box or anywhere in direct sunlight.