NEW 2010 EPIPEN REDESIGN FAIL!
I just returned from the hospital where my 17 year old daughter was admitted for stabilization/observation following an accidental ingestion of peanut contaminated food. Her reaction was severe due to time lost in not being able to get epinephrine from the new Epi-pen design.
When we picked up a new epi-pen last month, we noted a new design - oblong canister and orange tip. What we failed to understand was the increased difficulty in using this new injector. The old auto-injectors could be administered with a firm press against the outside of the thigh. These new injectors require a wide swing and a holding push against the thigh... my daughter finally figured it out (precious minutes flew by) but then, did not know that the orange safety shield would push back to cover the needle. She was unable to receive the full dose.
PLEASE BE AWARE OF THIS DRAMATIC DESIGN CHANGE!!!! Review the literature and use the new trainer. Personally, I hate the design. It is a lot more complicated and more difficult to administer this life saving drug.