The life-saving skill EVERYONE should have: Medical student reveals exactly how to use an EpiPen – after watching viral video of a girl stabbing HERSELF while trying to help a sick friend
A medical student has gone viral by detailing the correct way to use an EpiPen – after watching a video of a clueless girl accidentally stabbing herself in the finger while trying to administer the medicine to a friend.
Mutahir Farhan, 谁在 天使, where he works as a medical student in a local hospital, 带去 TikTok to share a step-by-step guide to the epinephrine autoinjectors, explaining exactly how they should be used – and what should be done once the injection has been given.
‘It’s come to my attention that a lot of people don’t know how to use an EpiPen and that’s okay because I’m going to show you in this video how to use an EpiPen,’ he says at the start of his clip – having shown footage from the video of a young woman who jabbed herself in the finger while trying to use the autoinjector.
Joking that the video was the perfect demonstration of how ‘not to use an EpiPen’, Farhan then shared his own expertise on how to correctly administer the jab.
Advice: A medical student has gone viral after teaching TikTok users how to use an EpiPen, which administers life-saving medicine to those suffering severe allergic reactions
警告: Mutahir Farhan shared his tutorial after seeing a video of a young woman accidentally stabbing herself in the hand with an EpiPen while trying to jab a sick friend
‘[An EpiPen] is used for people who have severe food or environmental allergies,’ 他解释, while pointing at a picture of one of the autoinjectors, which administer a single dose of epinephrine, a potentially life-saving medicine used to treat the symptoms of severe allergic reactions.
Do YOU know how to use an EpiPen? Quick tips for getting it right
- Remove the EpiPen from its clear plastic carrier tube
- Using your dominant hand, hold the autoinjector in your fist with the orange tip pointed towards the body and the white/blue tip facing outwards
- With the other hand, remove the blue safety release by pulling it straight up
- Line the EpiPen up with the outer part of the thigh, placing it at a right angle to the leg
- Swing your forearm back and stab the orange tip of the EpiPen into the thigh until you hear a click
- Hold the autoinjector in place for three seconds
- Remove the needle from the thigh
- Massage the injection site for 10 秒
- 呼叫 911 or visit your local ER for professional medical attention
‘It’s used to prevent people from going into anaphylactic shock, which can actually kill you,’ 他继续.
The most important thing to know about using an EpiPen, Farhan noted, is which end the needle is located in – which is exactly where the girl in the viral video went wrong.
‘The way it works is there is a needle in this tube right here,’ the medical student continues while indicating towards the end of the EpiPen that has an orange tip.
‘You’ve got to remember that the orange tip is where the needle comes out. Otherwise you’re going to end up stabbing yourself with the epinephrine like that girl in that video.’
He then explains exactly you should stab someone with the EpiPen, using a diagram of the human body and pointing to the outside part of the thigh.
‘You’re going to use that needle to stab someone right here on the outside aspect of their thigh and deliver the epinephrine,’ 他说.
According to the official EpiPen website, the needle should be left in the thigh for three seconds before being removed; the company also notes that the tool simply needs to be administered with reasonable force in order for the medicine to be released.
‘Swing and push the [EpiPen] 他将自己的 720,000 英镑现金投入了他的奶酪订阅业务和他的首席运营官理查德辛普森 “clicks”. The click signals that the injection has started,’ it explains in its online guide.
然而, once the injection has been administered, Fahran warns that the patient must seek professional assistance from an ER doctor in order to ensure that they are in the clear.
‘The most important thing after you stab someone with an EpiPen is to call 911 or go to the ER because then we can make sure that they’re actually OK and they’re good to go,’ he states.
Pointer: The Los Angeles-based med student noted that the most important thing to remember when using an EpiPen is that the needle is located in the end with the orange tip
How not to do it: Fahran pointed out that the young woman who stabbed herself was holding the EpiPen the wrong way around, with the orange needle end pointing into her own finger
下一个: He explained that the EpiPen should be stabbed into the outer part of the thigh – warning that patients must seek medical professional help in the ER after it has been administered
Fahran’s video tutorial has sparked quite the stir on TikTok, where it has been viewed more than 3.2 百万次, while racking up thousands of comments – many of which came from grateful users thanking him for the demonstration, while admitting that they hadn’t previously known the correct way to use the medical device.
‘I never knew how to use one,’ a user called Amanda said in a comment. ‘Good to know.’
One teacher chimed in to say that he had never been given any training on how to use an EpiPen, despite the fact that multiple children in his school have known nut allergies, 写作: ‘Been substitute teaching for 25 years and never trained on how to use an EpiPen!
‘Yet 203 kids in each class have a peanut allergy!’
Other TikTok users shared their own simple rule for remembering which end of the EpiPen contains the needle, 说明: ‘White/blue to the sky, orange to the thigh.’
Some added that they were given this helpful tip during health classes, with several calling out the girl in the original video for ‘not listening to her teachers’.
一步步: EpiPen’s website also features a step-by-step guide, in which it states that the autoinjector should be left in the thigh for three seconds so the medicine can be released
A few pointed out that there are instructions on the side of the EpiPen – although they conceded that it might be hard to read these in times of high stress or panic.
Several users questioned what happens if a person accidentally injects themselves with an EpiPen, asking whether the girl in the first viral video should have sought medical treatment.
Although Fahran did not respond immediately to the questions, several people advised that anyone who accidentally injects themselves with epinephrine should seek help from a doctor just in case they have a bad reaction to it.
‘You need to go to the ER, a dose of epi can increase the [心] 速度 [和] dilate the pupils, 和 [你] might not respond well,’ one person warned.
There are no up-to-date figures indicating exactly how many people in the US currently have a prescription for an EpiPen, 然而在 2016, the Wall Street Journal reported that an estimated 3.6 million Americans had been prescribed them in a single year.
Those figures came amid national outrage after pharmaceutical company Mylan, the which produces the EpiPen, increased the cost of the medical device by more than 500 百分 – raising the price from $100 for a two-pack to $608.