Safe use of adrenaline autoinjectors

Vale, Sandra; Smith, Jill; Loh, Richard
April 2012
Australian Prescriber;Apr2012, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p56
Academic Journal
Adrenaline is the first-line treatment for anaphylaxis. Adrenaline autoinjectors enable non-medical people including patients to treat anaphylaxis. When a patient is known or suspected to be experiencing anaphylaxis, adrenaline should be given as soon as possible. Delayed administration of adrenaline increases the risk of death. Patients with anaphylaxis may require further doses of adrenaline. It is therefore important to monitor them in a medical facility for at least four hours after the last dose of adrenaline. Patients and carers need to be instructed how to use the device they have been prescribed as there are two different brands of autoinjectors available in Australia. They should have an ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis which is appropriate for their device.


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