Changes to how an EpiPen is administered

If you or someone in your family has got a recognised allergy, you might be familiar with an adrenaline auto injector, such as an EpiPen.


The manufacturers of EpiPen have this month updated the instructions for administering the vital adrenaline shot. The changes will simplify and shorten the injection process, which is never a bad thing in an emergency.


While the dosage and active ingredient in an EpiPen are the same, it is advised that users:


  • Reduce the injection time from 10 to 3 seconds.
  • No longer need to massage the injection site after administering the adrenaline.


It’s important to remember that the EpiPen will be just as effective whether you hold it for 3 seconds or 10 seconds.


These changes apply to the EpiPen and the EpiPen Junior and bring the UK instructions in line with those already implemented in the US, Australia and parts of Europe.


Labelling on EpiPens should change from November 2017. If you have an older-style label on your EpiPen, you should still hold it for 3 seconds only to administer the right dosage of adrenaline.


If you’d like to learn how to administer EpiPens or other AAIs effectively, consider enrolling on our half-day Basic Life Support and Management of Anaphylaxis course Basic Life Support and Management of Anaphylaxis course (Level 2 Award) . Give us a call contact us if you’d like any more details.