My Recent EpiPen Training Experience – I want to Play with my Friends
Hello, readers! Today, I wanted to share with you my recent experience of receiving EpiPen training / Allergy Awareness Training / Anaphylaxis Training, although I am a qualified First Aid Instructor, I still need to keep current. My wife has Hay fever which especially during the summer months causes her some considerable discomfort and my two young boys both have allergies and allergic reactions to grass and corn and both have asthma. I thought it was about time I rearmed myself with some knowledge. Neither my wife nor my children need an auto-injector but I do have friends that do.
Many families I know have explained to me over the years how difficult they have found it and their children found being welcomed to parties and events with the hosts struggling to understand or even unwilling to understand. This prompted me about 2 years ago to make a short training video on Anaphylaxis which you will be able to view at the end of this blog, so please keep reading. With severe allergies becoming increasingly common, knowing how to use an EpiPen properly can be a life-saving skill. Let’s delve into the details of my training session and the importance of being prepared for an allergic emergency.
Date of Training: June 2023
Training Venue: The Training Centre
Trainer: Martin Barry
The Training Session
I attended the EpiPen training session with a little anticipation, eager to refresh my knowledge and skills in handling severe allergic reactions. The session started with an informative presentation, outlining the basics of severe allergies, anaphylaxis, and the role of EpiPens in emergency situations.
Understanding Allergies and Anaphylaxis
The trainer, Martin explained that allergies can range from mild to severe, and some individuals may experience life-threatening anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can involve multiple systems of the body and can be triggered by certain foods, insect stings, medications, or other allergens.
Learning about Epipens with Epipen Training
Next, we delved into the specifics of EpiPens, which are auto-injectors containing epinephrine (adrenaline). The trainer explained how EpiPens work by swiftly delivering a precise dose of epinephrine to counteract the allergic reaction and help restore normal breathing.
Proper Usage and Administration
The most crucial part of the training focused on learning how to use an EpiPen correctly. We were guided through step-by-step instructions, emphasising the importance of remaining calm during an emergency. We practiced using epipen training devices that simulated the real-life experience, ensuring we were familiar with the process.
Key Takeaways from the Training:
- Recognising the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, such as difficulty breathing, swelling, rash, and dizziness, is crucial for prompt intervention.
- Always carry an EpiPen if you have a known severe allergy, and make sure it is not expired.
- The correct technique for administering an EpiPen involves removing the safety cap, firmly pressing the device against the outer thigh, and holding it in place for a few seconds.
- After administering epinephrine, seek immediate medical attention even if the symptoms seem to improve.
The Importance of EpiPen Training
Receiving EpiPen training over the years has been an eye-opening experience for me. It has empowered me to take action during a severe allergic reaction, not only for myself but also for others who may require assistance. Knowing how to use an EpiPen correctly can make a significant difference in saving someone’s life while awaiting medical help. Afterall, I do not have any known allergies myself, so empathy is important here.
Attending the EpiPen training session was an educational and empowering experience. Acquiring the knowledge and skills to administer an EpiPen properly is invaluable in a world where severe allergies are increasingly prevalent. I urge everyone with severe allergies or those who care for someone with allergies to seek out EpiPen training to ensure preparedness in the event of an allergic emergency. Remember, a little training can go a long way in saving lives. Stay safe and be prepared!
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, Garry Harvey.
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