How do you keep the EpiPen out in the heat by the pool?

Posted on: Wed, 06/30/1999 - 2:48pm
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We are going to a water park this Friday with some friends and I know the EpiPen is suppossed to stay at a certain temp. How can you do this? It seems this would be a place where I would really want the EpiPen to be near us. I'm sure we will stay near one section since they are small so I'm not worried about it getting wet, just being too hot. I was thinking putting it in her diaper bag along with one of those ice packs you can get at the grocery for lunch boxes, but will it then be too cold? Any suggestions? Shan

Posted on: Wed, 06/30/1999 - 10:51pm
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The manufacturer says the EpiPen should be stored at temps between 59 and 86 degrees. A frozen ice pack is to cold. A can of soda or refrigerated ice pack not in direct contact could work. I would also keep the EpiPen in its box.

Posted on: Thu, 07/01/1999 - 12:36am
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I keep my epipen in its fanny pack and put it on top of everything in the cooler. I don't think it gets too cold. I put all the ice on the botton, then the drinks, then the epipen in its fanny pack. It seems to work. Is there anyway to tell if an epi-pen has gone bad from the heat or the cold? Does it change color or anything? I often wonder about the temperature changes, because it has been so hot around here (90 degree days) and just walking to and from stores, it could probably get very hot.
I think this is all something we have encountered. Any info would be appreciated.
Patti

Posted on: Thu, 07/01/1999 - 1:36pm
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Dey Labs phone number is 1-800-755-5560
As for lengthy outside activities, I usually put my epi-pen pack in a backpack with other items for outings.
As to where to look for discoloration of the epinepherine, look in the clear area where the lot number and exp. date are shown. It is in the area where the arrows are pointing down.
Call Dey Labs for any questions you may have about your epi-pens and storage!

Posted on: Thu, 07/01/1999 - 3:35pm
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I called Dey Labs on this issue several weeks ago. They were NOT helpful I spoke to someone in Quality Assurance (after a wait of 2 days). No-one had ever called them on this issue. QA's suggestion is to put the EpiPens in a cooler after buying a mercury thermoneter to monitor the temperature. Also never put it in direct contect with the icepack. Sorry I didn't post this sooner.

Posted on: Fri, 07/02/1999 - 4:58am
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I was just away for two heat sweltering days... I was also concerned about the extreme heat. Because the pens say specifically NOT to refrigerate I didn't feel comfortable putting in my cooler alone.I used a small collapsable cooler with a small bag of ice. I put in it a juice box, etc (doesn't fit much) then I put on top my two epis in an insulated baby bottle holder. My thinking was the individual bottle cooler would keep the pens at their own temp (not as cold as the cooler itself) and yet be protected from the outside heat from the outer collapsable cooler. It worked great. Whenever I checked it. the cooler was cold and the epis were slightly warmer. My only concern was I would forget it somewhere. We were at an amusement park going from ride to ride. I went looking for a small insulated back pack for future outings, but had no luck.

Posted on: Fri, 07/02/1999 - 6:01am
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Lidia, were you reading my mind this morning? LOL I, too thought about getting one of those baby bottle holders that is insulated. They make them to keep the bottles cold or hot. I wonder if it would keep the pen at the temp it is when I put it in there? Does that make sense? LOL We postponed our water park trip to next week because the weather is gray. But, this is still a good question. We have a trip coming up at the end of this month, too...Shan

Posted on: Fri, 07/02/1999 - 11:41am
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I called Dey a few months ago about this topic and had posted it on one of the threads. They said the way to tell if heat has affected the epi is it will discolor (yellowish/brown I think) when it degrades. Too cold temps do not harm the epi drug itself, instead it affects the mechanism of the spring that autoinjects the needle--therefore it will not help you to check the color for too cold conditions.
Their only idea for keeping it below 86 degrees was to put it in a thermos and measure the temp. I did something similar to what Shan was thinking. I bought one of the insulated single bottle holders (its the perfect size for an epi and small bottle of benadryl--which also need to be kept at those temps). I put a mercury lab thermometer in the bottle insulator and placed it in the sun on a day when the temp was over 86. It didn't work, the themometer that was at room temp level rose to the level of the outside temp. Not sure what I will do now when going to the beach, except to be careful to keep it in the shade and perhaps bring my thermometer to keep tabs on it.
[This message has been edited by brenda (edited July 02, 1999).]

Posted on: Fri, 07/02/1999 - 1:04pm
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In a local supermarket in the seasonal section, I found a soft sided cooler with seperate drink puuches that are insulated as well as the center pouch. The cooler is small enough that it came with a shoulder strap. I keep my Epi-pens and a bottle of benadryl in one of the drind pouches and the cold stuff in the center and everything seems to work well at the beach and at Great Adventure.

Posted on: Mon, 07/05/1999 - 5:40am
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All I can tell you all is that I was at Hershey Park in 95 degree weather for 3 days. The pens stayed cool, but not cold in the baby bottle holder. The key is to keep the outer small cooler cold. I put in a small bag of ice and two cold juice boxes. By the end of each day the ice melted, but the water in the bag was still cold and kept the pens safe. Good info to know about the cold affecting mechanism, not medication.
Also, I never really thought about the benadryl. I just kept that in my uninsulated pocketbook. I will be at the beach for two weeks soon. When I come back I'll let you know how my "kit" holds up.

Posted on: Mon, 08/23/1999 - 1:16am
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Sorry, It has been awhile since I posted. I was away at the beach for two full weeks.
I found an insulated backpack at ToysRus. It wasn't as small as I wanted, but beggars can't be choosy. I put all my baby stuff in it, as well as a separate pouch with my epis and Benadryl. I kept the epis in a baby bottle cooler w/in the backpack. Every morning I'd throw in a ice pack a bit of distance away from the epis. It worked! We were there the whole day every day. I kept it out of the sun, but it was still very warm. I would check for discoloration each day. They were fine. Since we have been back I use my regular uninsulated pocketbook, but continue to use the bottle insulator inside. I figure it keeps the temp. more constant as I go from a/c to the car, etc.

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