website for school re: use of EPIpen

Posted on: Wed, 08/30/2000 - 7:26am
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I found this today and thought it might be useful. It is put together very well ~ it even has three "what if tests" [url="http://parsons.umaryland.edu/epipen?"]http://parsons.umaryland.edu/epipen?[/url]

And good luck to everyone as the new school year begins.

Posted on: Wed, 08/30/2000 - 7:46am
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Thanks for the website--great information--but it raises a question. In this site it recommends leaving the Epi-pen in place 10 seconds. I called Dey Labs and they said to leave in it place 4 seconds. I would think since it is automatically injecting the epinephrine into you, it shouldnt take 10 seconds. What have you all been instructed?

Posted on: Wed, 08/30/2000 - 8:03am
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I was told 10 seconds also, but the allergist also said, "or as long as you can to a maximum of 10 seconds". I can see how it might be difficult to hold it that long in a squirming toddler's leg. I also read on another website to hold it in for "several moments", so I would think most of the dose goes in in the first few seconds.

Posted on: Wed, 08/30/2000 - 8:37am
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My allergist suggested counting to 15 slowly before removing the pen.

Posted on: Wed, 08/30/2000 - 12:41pm
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Alex's mom,
Thanks so much for sharing this site. I liked it a lot! I want to write that college of nursing and thank them too.
I've always heard to hold the epi in place for 10-15 seconds.

Posted on: Wed, 08/30/2000 - 1:12pm
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Thanks for the link to this site! My son is only 2, but I'm preparing for the day kindergarten starts. I printed out most of their info to hold onto to help me prepare a plan of action for his school. Thanks again!

Posted on: Thu, 08/31/2000 - 1:03am
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I was told to hold the pen for a slow count of 10 seconds. It actually only takes 3 seconds for the entire pen to inject, but they recommend holding for 10 seconds because of how anxious you will be at that moment. They want to ensure that it has been held for the 3 seconds that it takes.

Posted on: Thu, 08/31/2000 - 5:30am
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I was told 10 seconds as well.
Great site!!
I am going to my daughters new kindergarten next week to meet with all her teachers and the administrators to give them a little instruction on the Epi-Pen and this is PERFECT!!! thanks for posting it.
I hope I can also convince them to possibly look at it directly on the web site too!
thanks,
andrea

Posted on: Thu, 08/31/2000 - 4:53pm
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I had my meeting with the school staff this morning for the EPIpen training ~ it went well. I did give the principal the website address ~ hopefully she'll get a chance to look at it. They've been great. Alex is in 3rd grade, but in a new school this year.
I'm glad you all liked this website. I thought it was great.

Posted on: Fri, 09/01/2000 - 2:56am
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Thanks for the website! I just visited and printed out the information for future use. I only have one minor concern... Under Life threatening vs non life threatening reactions, itching was listed as non life threatening. Itself, yes, I guess it's not life threatening, but in my son's case, he gets itchy, especially the back of his head and neck, BEFORE the hives show up (which are listed under life threatening). If/when I use the information I printed from the site, I will point out the slight differences in the information given there, and our son's reaction history. I do think it is a great site, and thank you again for sharing it!!

Posted on: Sat, 09/02/2000 - 5:47am
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What a wonderful website! I'm an extremely anxious mother who has recently discovered the pre-school which my 4 year old attends does not have an RN or medically trained person on site to administer the epipen injection if necessary. Our child had an allergic episode about a month ago at which time the teacher had to read the instructions to administer the injection. I am working with the school's Director to provide appropriate training by a medical expert. The website will prove to be a very useful tool in educating these teachers!

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