Epipen outside

Posted on: Mon, 06/05/2006 - 1:23pm
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Hello!
Another question from me, like always!

My son's 1st b-day is on June 17th and we're having a small party at a local park. I'm hoping it's not going to be too hot but our weather has been all over the place. We live in Ohio. Anyways, how should I store his EpiPen while we are outside if it's really hot? My dh suggested only bringing 1 and putting it in a cooler with only a few peices of ice, just enough to keep it cool. What do you think???

Posted on: Mon, 06/05/2006 - 3:19pm
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Since you don't want it to get too cold (the mechanism could not work, but the medication is fine) or too hot (medication goes bad) --- you could put it in an insulated lunchpack-thing wrapped in a dishtowel, then put an icepack under it. The key is to have enough dishtowel (like a terrycloth one) under the epi between it and the ice.
Adrienne
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30-year old survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Mon, 06/05/2006 - 9:48pm
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We have a soft sided cooler. On the outside of the cooler is a pocket. We put the epi in the pocket. We have found this works really well because the epi stays cool, but does not get too cold. You can find these types of coolers at Target, Walmart, etc...
We have been doing this for 3 years for boating, camping, or other outdoor activites with never a problem.
Someone on this site once mentioned that Avon has an insulated makeup bag...maybe worth checking into.
Donna

Posted on: Mon, 06/05/2006 - 11:04pm
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I actually use an insulated baby bottle holder. Works really well, is the pefrect size for 2 epis and a small botlle of Benadryl. It even has a loop handle on it that I can attach to anything with a keychain hook.

Posted on: Tue, 06/06/2006 - 4:52am
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Quote:Originally posted by stephi13339:
[b]I actually use an insulated baby bottle holder. Works really well, is the pefrect size for 2 epis and a small botlle of Benadryl. It even has a loop handle on it that I can attach to anything with a keychain hook.[/b]
oh yes, I do that too for my daily carrying of the epi's in my regular bag. I keep the bottle carrier (Tupperware used to make one, I found mine on eBay, it's teal and purple)...in the freezer, then take it out and put the epi's and benadryl in and pop it in my daily bag. At the end of the day I come home and pop the carrier sans medication back in the freezer. However, it's not enough insulation/cooling if I am outside with the epi for the day (like hiking, or trips) in 100+ heat of Arizona summer.
Adrienne
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30-year old survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Tue, 06/06/2006 - 8:46am
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How long is too long in the heat? It has already happened, and so early in the summer: husband and daughter forgot to bring the epis inside yesterday, and left them baking in his car.
I came home from work, spotted the purse in the car and blew up at them both. Husband says they were there "only two hours". It was 85 outside, no doubt much hotter in the car.
How long is too long? Replace them?
Grrr... it's only early June. They will undoubtedly screw up with the epis at least one more time this summer.

Posted on: Mon, 06/05/2006 - 3:19pm
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Since you don't want it to get too cold (the mechanism could not work, but the medication is fine) or too hot (medication goes bad) --- you could put it in an insulated lunchpack-thing wrapped in a dishtowel, then put an icepack under it. The key is to have enough dishtowel (like a terrycloth one) under the epi between it and the ice.
Adrienne
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30-year old survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Mon, 06/05/2006 - 9:48pm
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Joined: 03/15/2004 - 09:00

We have a soft sided cooler. On the outside of the cooler is a pocket. We put the epi in the pocket. We have found this works really well because the epi stays cool, but does not get too cold. You can find these types of coolers at Target, Walmart, etc...
We have been doing this for 3 years for boating, camping, or other outdoor activites with never a problem.
Someone on this site once mentioned that Avon has an insulated makeup bag...maybe worth checking into.
Donna

Posted on: Mon, 06/05/2006 - 11:04pm
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Joined: 03/09/2006 - 09:00

I actually use an insulated baby bottle holder. Works really well, is the pefrect size for 2 epis and a small botlle of Benadryl. It even has a loop handle on it that I can attach to anything with a keychain hook.

Posted on: Tue, 06/06/2006 - 4:52am
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Quote:Originally posted by stephi13339:
[b]I actually use an insulated baby bottle holder. Works really well, is the pefrect size for 2 epis and a small botlle of Benadryl. It even has a loop handle on it that I can attach to anything with a keychain hook.[/b]
oh yes, I do that too for my daily carrying of the epi's in my regular bag. I keep the bottle carrier (Tupperware used to make one, I found mine on eBay, it's teal and purple)...in the freezer, then take it out and put the epi's and benadryl in and pop it in my daily bag. At the end of the day I come home and pop the carrier sans medication back in the freezer. However, it's not enough insulation/cooling if I am outside with the epi for the day (like hiking, or trips) in 100+ heat of Arizona summer.
Adrienne
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30-year old survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Tue, 06/06/2006 - 8:46am
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Joined: 11/29/2005 - 09:00

How long is too long in the heat? It has already happened, and so early in the summer: husband and daughter forgot to bring the epis inside yesterday, and left them baking in his car.
I came home from work, spotted the purse in the car and blew up at them both. Husband says they were there "only two hours". It was 85 outside, no doubt much hotter in the car.
How long is too long? Replace them?
Grrr... it's only early June. They will undoubtedly screw up with the epis at least one more time this summer.

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