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Home Health House Calls: Using An Epipen Auto-Injector

In this edition of Home Health House Calls we learn about EpiPen Auto-Injector in case of an emergency allergic reaction.
Using an EpiPen Auto-Injector

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The EpiPen is used to give yourself a shot during an emergency allergic reaction.
The pen is disposable and has a hidden needle, which is activated by a spring inside the pen.
EpiPen makes giving yourself a shot easy.
It also makes it easy for someone else to give you a shot if you are unable to do it for yourself.
If you have an allergic reaction, give yourself a shot using the EpiPen.
This will counteract the reaction until medical help arrives.
Use any site on the side of your thigh.
There is no need to look for the best injection site or to give the shot in the buttocks or arm.
With the tip of the EpiPen pointed toward the side of your thigh, jab the pen against your thigh for 10 seconds.
This releases a spring-activated plunger, which pushes the hidden needle into the thigh muscle and gives a dose of epinephrine
Lie down and elevate your legs while you wait for help to arrive.
You should always call 911 if you have an allergic reaction that requires the use of the EpiPen.
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