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    Why do we use adrenaline to treat anaphylaxis?

     


    What does adrenaline do?

    Adrenaline is a naturally occurring hormone in the body that typically works to produce a fight or flight response to any perceived threats. A sudden surge of adrenaline in the system works to improve cardiac contractions and relax smooth muscles in both
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    How to use an EpiPen

     

    EpiPen - Epinephrine

    The EpiPen is a disposable, automatic injection used in the first aid setting for the management of anaphylaxis or a severe allergic reaction. It contains a synthetic version of adrenaline called epinephrine; hence the name EpiPen. Evidence suggests that
  • EpiPen

    Anaphylaxis… the basics

     

    What is Anaphylaxis?
    “Any acute onset illness with typical skin features (urticaria or erythema/flushing AND/OR angioedema)”
    PLUS
    “Involvement of respiratory AND/OR cardiovascular AND/OR persistent gastrointestinal systems”
    OR
    “Any acute onset of hypotension or bronchospasm or
  • Applied tourniquet

    Arterial Tourniquet – A how to guide

     

    Arteries go AWAY from the heart

    How do we know the difference between an arterial bleed versus a venous bleed?
    As a general rule, veins sit closer to the surface of the skin than arteries. That being the case, they are often more likely to be nicked or cut accidentally. Our veins
  • Tourniquet

    Things they didn’t tell you about… ARTERIAL TOURNIQUETS

     

    Arterial tourniquets HURT!

    If it’s been applied tight enough to effectively stem the blood flow, expect your conscious casualty to be in severe pain from the device. Whatever you do, make sure you DO NOT release the tourniquet to ease the pain. Doing so could result in