Onsite EpiPen Training Courses for Any Workplace
Are your employees prepared in the event that someone suffers a life-threatening allergy attack? Our onsite EpiPen training courses can help.
An EpiPen is a device that injects a life-saving drug into someone who is going into anaphylactic shock. Anaphylactic shock can be caused by allergic reactions and requires immediate emergency medical treatment. The EpiPen is an epinephrine auto-injector that injects the fluid quickly into a person’s body.
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Anaphylaxis is a severe medical condition that occurs when someone comes into contact with something they are allergic to. Some signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis are trouble catching one’s breath or shortness of breath, itching or a sudden rash, low blood pressure that causes dizziness or fainting, and seizures. Others may experience GI distress and throw up or get sudden-onset diarrhea. Anaphylaxis can lead to anaphylactic shock, which means the body is shutting down and medical attention is required.
Anaphylactic shock is a condition where the allergic reaction has reached a point where the body is beginning to weaken and become chemically imbalanced. The symptoms may be slow at first, and the person may seem confused or start to have trouble speaking and breathing. Sometimes the conditions can come on fast, and almost immediately after coming in contact with the allergic substance, a person can swell, develop skin discoloration, and may gasp for air. Any shock needs immediate medical attention to slow the progress so the person can regain control of their body’s functions.
EpiPens are used to counteract these severe allergic reactions that may occur when someone is stung by an insect or eats something that they are allergic to. When someone eats foods they are allergic to, the throat and tongue can begin to swell, which makes breathing hard. They may start to panic, so try to keep them calm. They may also vomit, which is the body’s natural response to try to get the food out, but because the throat is swelling, the person’s airway may be blocked.
If the person loses consciousness, you will have to clear their airway for them. This is an emergency where you need to call for medical aid immediately. Some common foods many people are allergic to include peanuts, shellfish, milk, and wheat.
The allergic reaction may be caused by something in the air that the person breathed in, such as pollen or animal fur, or a sting from an insect such as a wasp. The responses may be similar, and their breathing might become labored. Their eyes may swell shut, and a rash will quickly develop. Some common airborne allergens are dust and mold. EMC onsite training can teach your staff the signs to look for when someone is going into allergic shock or needs an EpiPen injection.
How do EpiPens work?
EpiPens have been made to be easy to use, but just because they are simple to administer does not mean it will be easy to know when to use it. That takes knowledge, but EMC can teach you. To inject the solution, expose the needle by pulling off the blue lid. Push the pen onto the thigh and press down on the orange button on top. The solution will release.
You do not have to remove any clothing. The shot can go right through pants and cloth if you cannot get to the skin quickly. You also do not have to stab at the leg — just swing your arm and create forward motion, then push the pen in the skin and hold it firmly for at least ten seconds.
Anyone can give an Epipen dose, but it is essential to know what you are doing. One way you can learn how is to practice with EMC and onsite training. There are some situations and people you do not want to give an Epipen injection to. Call emergency services when you suspect someone is having a severe allergic reaction.
What to do after administering an EpiPen injection
After getting an Epipen injection, the individual needs to seek medical attention even if they feel fine. It is vital to have a doctor or medical professional clear them and monitor their condition.
EMC can train your staff on how to recognize the signs of an allergic reaction and shock. Our team can teach you how to administer an EpiPen, and go over detailed instructions about when, where, and how to use the Epipen. When an Epipen is used incorrectly, the consequences could be serious.
EMC’s onsite EpiPen training courses can help ensure the very best outcome. Contact us today for a quote!