How to use an adrenaline auto-injector like Epipen, Jext and Emerade
There are three main types of adrenaline auto-injector which are prescribed in the UK; Epipen, Jext and Emerade. Emerade is the most recent single use adrenalin auto-injector to become available in the UK.
You may also have heard of Anapen®. Whilst Anapen® is in use in Ireland, the US and Europe it is not currently passed for use in the UK.
The React First Anaphylaxis and Adrenaline Auto-injector (epipen) training course looks at all of the different types of auto-injector and how they are used as well as covering:
- recognition and treatment of severe allergic reaction
- communication and casualty care
- dealing with an unconscious casualty
- different types of auto-injector – EpiPen, Jext and Emerade
- correct use of an adrenaline auto-injector
- CPR resuscitation – adult and child
Each manufacturer has their own instructional video on how to use an adrenaline auto-injector which you can watch via the links below.
Epipen® is available in the following doses, the dose is decided by your doctor:
- Adult (yellow): 0.3mg
- Child (white): 0.15mg
Click here to watch the "How to use an Epipen" video from the manufacturer
Emerade® is available in the following doses, the dose is decided by your doctor:
- Patients over 30kg: Emerade 300mcg or 500mcg
- Children between 15kg and 30kg: Emerade 150mcg
Click here to watch the "How to use Emerade adrenaline auto-injector" video from the manufacturer
Jext® is available in the following doses:
- Adult ( +30kg) (red) 0.3mg
- Child ( 15-30kg) (yellpw) 0.15mg
Click here to watch the "How to use an Jext Pen" video from the manufacturer
Advice for Schools - Anaphylaxis Policy
From September 2014, schools in England will have to meet a duty to support children with medical conditions, including anaphylaxis, and follow statutory guidance issued by the Department for Education. The statutory guidance and further signposting are available to read online here.
The Medical Conditions at Schools website is a great source of information.
The Anaphylaxis Campaign has a large amount of free and paid for resourses for schools to help create new or update existing management plans and emergency care plans for pupils with anaphylaxis: