Archive for November, 2012

AS031 | How to use the Anapen

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

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

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


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