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Drug update

Adrenaline autoinjectors: what you need to know

Richard Loh, Sandra Vale

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Abstract

Both of the adrenaline autoinjectors available in Australia are now listed on the PBS. The devices have different administration techniques and patients should be trained how to correctly use the device that has been prescribed for them.

Article Extract

Adrenaline is the first-line treatment for anaphylaxis, and should be administered as soon as possible when a patient is known or suspected to be experiencing anaphylaxis. Delayed administration has been implicated in contributing to fatalities. After administering adrenaline, the patient should be monitored in hospital or another medical facility for at least four hours.

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