All EMS Trained on Alternative Way to Administer Epinephrine

Drug shortages often leave patients frustrated, but they also force our first responders to get a bit creative. Epinephrine is a life-saving drug used for severe allergic reactions.

It is still in short supply across the country. Most of us are familiar with Epipens to administer the medicine, these are also in shortage. But you don’t need the auto-injector to save a life. To better deal with the obstacles the shortages are creating, the department of health is training all their first responders on a different way to give the medicine.

Chris Price; Director of Division of Emergency Medical Systems: “You draw up the injection with a needle, prepare the injection site. You’d give the injection much like you’d receive a flu shot, it’s a similar set up vesus the mechanical device that automatically provides the injection.”

EpiPens can cost anywhere from 400 to 800 dollars. By administering with a syringe and needle, it costs about 25 dollars.

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