How Do I Properly Administer An Epinephrine Shot, And Do I Need To Carry My Epinephrine Shot With Me Everywhere?

Dr. Andrew Liu answers the question: 'Administering An Epinephrine Shot?'

ByABC News
March 25, 2008, 3:40 PM

— -- Question: How do I properly administer an epinephrine shot, and do I need to carry my epinephrine shot with me everywhere?

Answer: So you need to carry your epinephrine injector with you everywhere. And this is an example of one, and let me show you how it works.

The needle comes out of this end, and it has a lock on this end. So to administer, you have to take out the lock, and then you hold it with a fist, and you push it on your leg until you hear a click. Then the needle will come out, and you hold it there for 10 seconds while it administers the medication.

Okay, two pointers about this. One is you don't want to give it this way, and you don't want to hold your finger this way because sometimes people inject themselves backwards because they're not holding it right, so that's why we say hold it as a fist. The other thing is that sometimes people think they have to swing at their leg to give it. No, you can just push it on there until you hear it click and the needle will come out, and it will go through clothing.

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