Study Shows Misuse of Prescribed Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

Unfortunately, many think they are using their epinephrine auto-injector properly when they are not. When did you last review the instructions for your epinephrine auto-injector?

Just like a diligent scout, a food allergy family’s motto is to “be prepared.” What happens, though, if you have what you need, but don’t know how to use it correctly? In the case of life-saving medication that is used to treat anaphylaxis, knowing how to properly administer an epinephrine auto-injector is critical.

16 percent use epinephrine correctly

According to a recent study from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) published in the January 2015 issue ofAnnals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, only 16 percent of people using epinephrine injectors for a severe allergic reaction did so correctly.

The study looked at 146 patients using epinephrine auto-injectors or inhalers from multiple UTMB allergy/immunology clinic sites. Participants demonstrated how they used the device and were evaluated compared with established standards.

Of the 102 patients in the epinephrine group, only 16 percent used the epinephrine auto-injector properly. More than 50 percent missed…

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