Epinephrine Injector Pen – The amazing life saving device!
First of all, what is Epinephrine and why is it so important? Simply put, Epinephrine saves lives. In this day and age, allergies of all kinds affect millions of people on a global scale. Researchers estimate that 32 million Americans have food allergies, including 5.6 million children under the age of 18. That’s one in 13 kids or two in every classroom. About 40 percent of children with food allergies are allergic to more than one food. In many of these cases, the reaction is so severe it can result in Anaphylaxis. If untreated, this condition can be fatal. And it is not only food. Anaphylaxis can also be the result of insect stings, drugs, and other allergies.
That is where Epinephrine comes in. This chemical narrows blood vessels and opens airways in the lungs to help reverse severe low blood pressure, wheezing, severe skin itching, hives, and other symptoms of an allergic reaction. The most common delivery system to administer Epinephrine is with a shot with an injector pen.
This epidemic has become so severe that Epinephrine auto-injectors have to be kept on hand for self-injection by a person with a history of severe allergic reactions. This condition has become so widespread that 12 states require schools to have Epinephrine injectors on hand, and many states allow schools to keep them on hand in the health office in the event of an emergency.
Epinephrine is also used to treat exercise-induced anaphylaxis and low blood pressure that is caused by septic shock. Often times, the prompt administration of Epinephrine is the difference between recovery or tragedy. So we ask, how does a self-injecting syringe work? Luckily, there are many website that give detailed instructions and how-to videos. This what we learned.
First, remove it from the tube. Grip the injector in your fist, remove the safety cap on the back of the device. Since the device is designed to go through clothes, no additional preparation is required. Then, simply jab the device into the outer thigh. Listen for the click, hold for three seconds and then pull it out. The needle is never exposed, so there is no possibility of injury. Then, and this is the important part, call 911
So, we were curious. If the device is contained, and the needle never exposed, exactly how does an Epinephrine self-injection syringe actually work? We decided to use our x-ay technology and find out. Click the video and see for yourself. Pretty ingenious, if you ask us.
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