In May 2014 the MHRA issued guidance on the use of adrenaline auto-injectors, with the following key messages for patients;
- carry two adrenaline auto-injectors with you at all times.
- Inject yourself in the outer thigh at the first signs of a severe allergic reaction.
- Every time you use an adrenaline auto-injector:
- call 999, ask for an ambulance and state ‘anaphylaxis’, even if you start to feel better.
- Lie flat with your legs up to keep your blood flowing.
- If possible, seek help immediately after using your auto-injector and stay with someone while waiting for the ambulance.
- If you still feel unwell after the first injection, use your second injector 5 to 15 minutes after the first.
- An adrenaline auto-injector is for emergency, on the spot treatment of an anaphylactic reaction. Always go to hospital after using an adrenaline auto-injector.