How to use the Anapen – Episode #31

Episode #31 is about how to use the Anapen device.

You can find out more information about the Anapen from this website

http://www.analert.com.au/

Thank you to Sabrina from Link Healthcare for sending me an Anapen trainer and Anapen information.

Also I forgot to mention in the video not to touch the needle once the pen has been used. And to be very careful when putting the black needle cover over the needle. You should put the black cap on a fixed surface and put the used pen into the black cap keeping your fingers clear.

Here is some notes about the study between Anapen and Epipen that I found here at Lincoln Medical

One of the key areas of note at the recent EACCI congress in London, was the importance of training in the use of auto-injectors. We have highlighted 3 articles which highlight the importance of training for both professionals and members of the lay public – families and carers.

“Expert training is considered important in giving families confidence and competence to treat their children with adrenaline. Non-expert prescribing continues to be erratic and is not often accompanied by training. Families given self-injectable adrenaline kits in Allergy Clinic or elsewhere carry them less regularly than advised even expertly trained families need regular review of self care skills in managing anaphylaxis”.1.

“There may be an important difference in the ability of untrained individuals to learn how to administer adrenaline using 2 different devices. This preliminary study suggests that undergraduate medical students may find it easier to use Anapen compared with Epipen for adrenaline administration. Failure to use the correct end of the Epipen was a common mistake.

Further work is needed to investigate the effectiveness of adrenaline autoinjector training using different devices in a patient population.” 2.

“A large number of participants (42%) were unable to correctly demonstrate the procedure for self-administration of an auto-injector despite having studied the instructions on the device or a PIL IFU alone. This study highlights the imperative for clinicians to provide additional patient training to anyone prescribed an adrenaline auto-injector for the treatment of potentially life-threatening anaphylactic episodes.” 3

1. Family compliance with anaphylaxis management plan, Yanishevsky, Y; Hourihane, J, CUH, Paediatric Allergy Clinic, Cork, Ireland
2. A study of adrenaline autoinjector training in undergraduate medical students, Boyle, R; Umasunthar, T; Warner, J, Imperial College London, Paediatrics, London, United Kingdom
3. Adrenaline auto-injectors: How effective are written patient instructions when used alone in a simulated self-administration test?, Lombardelli, S, ALK-Abello, Berkshire, United Kingdom


Food Allergy – Minimisation Policies or Not – Episode #30

This podcast about food allergy and anaphylaxis food minimistaion policies at schools and institutions.

Listen to the podcast here (press play below) or download the episode to take with you on the go (either directly or via iTunes)

[podcast]http://allergysmart.s3.amazonaws.com/allergysmart_ep30.mp3[/podcast]

Leave a comment below with your thoughts on this subject.

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Talk Soon
Aaron


Interview with Kyle Dine – Episode #29

Time for another show, this time I interview Kyle Dine – Food Allergy Musician and advocate for Anaphylaxis education through music and entertainment.

Listen to the interview here (press play below) or download the episode to take with you on the go.

[podcast]http://allergysmart.s3.amazonaws.com/allergysmart_ep29_20110728.mp3[/podcast]

You can check out more info about Kyle here…

http://www.kyledine.com
http://www.allergytranslation.com
http://www.whyriskit.org
http://www.anaphylaxis.ca

Make sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes (link at the top of the page) or get on our mailing list using the form on the right. I’ll occasionally keep you up-to-date with all the allergy news from around the world and let you know when a new show is out.

Talk Soon
Aaron


iAllergens Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis App – Episode #28

Available on the App StoreiAllergens is now officially released. It’s been 3 months in the making and it’s finally here.

It’s an application (app) for the iPhone, iTouch, iPad for those with food allergies and anaphylaxis. Watch the video for more info and check out the iAllergens page.

So simple it just works.

As I mentioned in the video, I’m offering 10 free copies of this app as a launch promotion. All you have to do is comment on this post and state what country you live in, and I’ll send you out the iTunes promo code for a free copy of iAllergens. First in best dressed. I did say in the video 5 for the USA and 5 for the rest of the world.

I’m also starting the app at just $2 USD in iTunes, but will be raising the price next month. Early bird catches the worm.

Good luck

Talk soon
Aaron