Is it 10 seconds to hold epi in, or 5-10?

Posted on: Mon, 09/03/2007 - 3:51pm
carpediem's picture
Joined: 01/08/2007 - 09:00

The instructions say 10 seconds, but the nurse says 5-10. I have always heard and trained 10. Which were you told?

Posted on: Mon, 09/03/2007 - 4:32pm
maddiesmom's picture
Joined: 12/20/1999 - 09:00

I've always heard 10 sec (one nurse told me 10-15)so that the Epi has the chance to dispense all the medicine out of the chamber. 5 sec. sounds too quick to me.

Posted on: Mon, 09/03/2007 - 10:13pm
lilpig99's picture
Joined: 12/22/2005 - 09:00

The makers of the epi pen say 10 seconds. Pull out the insert and give it to your nurse, and maybe even tell her you want your child's medication to be delivered appropriately as per manufacturers instruction.
I would assume you need a full 10 seconds for all of the medication to be delivered.

Posted on: Mon, 09/03/2007 - 10:47pm
23smiley's picture
Joined: 05/24/2007 - 09:00

Our allergist said they "shot one off" (for lack of a better way to say it) into the air and it was instantanious and that you really only need to hold it for about 5 seconds. I think what he meant was that if you have a squirming kid it doesn't take the full 10 seconds.
Here's what is says in the instructions:
"Hold firmly against thigh for approximately 10 seconds. (The injection is now complete. Window on auto-injector will show red.)" So maybe you'll know it's complete when you see the red?

Posted on: Mon, 09/03/2007 - 11:19pm
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

we always pratice, jab it in and count to 10.....
Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 1/2(beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig, hamster & asthma)
Jake-6 1/2(peanut, all tree nuts, all seeds(sesame, sunflower, poppy, pine nut) beef, chicken, eggs, coconut, green beans/all beans, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-4 (peanut, tree nuts, milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig, hamster, grass, mold, dust mite and EE)
Savannah-1 1/2 (milk, beef and egg, dog(avoiding peanuts, tree nuts, strawberries, seeds, legumes and corn)

Posted on: Tue, 09/04/2007 - 2:04am
Momcat's picture
Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by 23smiley:
[b]Our allergist said they "shot one off" (for lack of a better way to say it) into the air and it was instantanious and that you really only need to hold it for about 5 seconds.[/b]
Wouldn't there be more resistance injecting into the muscle than into the air? Maybe the directions say 10 seconds because that is easy to remember and builds in a margin for error. When in doubt, follow the directions! Why make things complicated?
Mom to 8 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 4 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

Posted on: Tue, 09/04/2007 - 2:35am
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

Why not follow epi pen's instructions? Count to 10. Easy peasy. Maybe laminate the entire instruction sheet and give it to the nurse so she can remind herself.
If you tell her you follow the instructions and count to ten then that is what she should be doing.

Posted on: Tue, 09/04/2007 - 5:44am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Quote:Originally posted by Peg541:
[b]Count to 10. Easy peasy. [/b]
I count to "one one thousand ten" [b]and[/b] I look for the red window. Then I have a more certain confirmation the device (the particular brand we use) "worked", rather than assuming it did merely because I held it in and counted to "ten".
I am more certain now, than ever, that I don't want to be a school nurse.

Posted on: Wed, 09/12/2007 - 8:00am
carpediem's picture
Joined: 01/08/2007 - 09:00

The doc said 10 to admin. and 10 to rub, just like the med insert says.

Posted on: Fri, 09/14/2007 - 10:09am
Daisy's picture
Joined: 01/16/2006 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by lilpig99:
[b]The makers of the epi pen say 10 seconds. Pull out the insert and give it to your nurse, and maybe even tell her you want your child's medication to be delivered appropriately as per manufacturers instruction...[/b]
Good suggestion! And to go one about asking the nurse to deliver the medication AS PRESCRIBED by the PHYSICIAN?
Take care,

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