Monday, February 15, 2010

So goes life...

It would stand to reason that as soon as I take the effort to write a post about how to use an epi-pen, that the makers of epi-pen would change their design. The concept is still the same, but the pen has a new look.  So, more pictures.
The newer pen is on the left.  It is bigger than the old one which I think is silly because I have to carry it with me everywhere I go.  You'd think smaller would be better.  Epi-Pen Jr. (The kids version) looks the same except the cap is apparently green instead of yellow.
The steps for use are the same still...remove from protective tube, remove safety cap, keep fingers away from needle end, stab into thigh, hold for 10 seconds, remove.  Here's where the change is.  At this point you would put the old pen back into the protective tube so that no one gets accidently poked with the needle.  With the new pen, the orange tip will apparently extend to cover the needle and the pen will not fit back into the tube.  So the instructions tell me.
As in any emergency, call 911 and take the used pen to the hospital.
Here's a picture comparing the parts of the two pens:

Thank you epi-pen for complicating life further by changing the design...

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