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My adrenaline auto injector (Emerade): what to do and how to use it

What to do and how to use it

This leaflet must accompany the BSACI Emerade treatment plan

If you are experiencing any of the severe reactions on your treatment plan, and there is a need for the Emerade auto injector, follow these simple instructions:

  1. Lay your child down on the floor. If breathing is difficult allow your child to sit.
  2. Administer the Emerade device into the outer thigh as demonstrated, and hold in place for 5 seconds.
  3. If possible elevate their legs on a cushion or pillow (this helps with the blood flow around the body).
  4. Dial 999 and ask for an ambulance, telling the operator Anaphylaxis (ANA-FIL-AX-IS).
  5. Stay with your child until the ambulance arrives.
  6. Do not stand your child up. Keep your child lying flat, even if they feel better. If your child vomits or feels sick, place them on their side, in the recovery position.
  7. If no improvement after 5 minutes or if the Emerade did not activate, give the second Emerade device.
  8. Wait for the ambulance to arrive and tell them you have used your Emerade auto injector.

QR Codes

Below is a QR code link to a video of how to give an Emerade. You can access the video by scanning the code with a smartphone camera or using a specialised app on your phone.

Emerade QR code

Further information, help and support

Dietitians: call 0114 271 7212

Allergy nurses: call 0114 226 7872 or email scn-tr.allergy@nhs.net

Allergy secretaries: call 0114 271 7585 (an answer machine is available out of hours)

Allergy UK: call 01322 619898 or visit www.allergyuk.org

Asthma UK: call 01322 619898 or visit www.asthma.org.uk

The Anaphylaxis Campaign: 01252 542029 or visit www.anaphylaxis.org.uk

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

Resource number: ALG16

Resource Type: Article


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