The hot weather brings additional challenges to those with serious allergies who carry adrenaline auto-injectors.
Adrenaline is the first line of treatment for serious allergic reactions (anaphylaxis). It is available on prescription in a pre-loaded injection device (known as an adrenaline auto-injector, adrenaline injectors or AAI).
Anyone who is at risk of anaphylaxis should always carry two in-date AAIs with them at all times.
Here are a few tips to help during this mini heat wave on how to safely keep your AAIs.
Making sure your AAI is easy to get to and in good working condition can save your life.
The way you store your AAI can affect how well it works so it’s important to look them, especially in hot weather. It can be quite difficult when it’s hot but understanding how to keep your AAI at the right temperature is crucial.
Don’t keep your AAI in the fridge or freezer because this could damage the mechanisms inside the device.
Temperatures above 25C can affect the potency and stability of the adrenaline. In the hot weather, temperature control for adrenaline auto injectors is important to make sure they will work when needed.
Exposure to UV radiation can cause the adrenaline to degrade over time. It’s important to store AAIs in a dark location out of direct sunlight but ensure it is still accessible.
When out and about, it’s important not to leave your AAIs in the car. Cars can easily overheat, especially when parked in direct sunlight and high temperatures will affect the performance of the adrenaline which may make the AAI unsafe for you need them in an emergency.
The best way to control temperatures for an AAI is to store them in an insulated bag like the ones used for picnics. Keeping your AAIs in a cool bag will protect them from extreme heat without having a negative effect on the mechanisms inside the injector. AAIs have a small window for inspecting the adrenaline liquid which should be clear and no signs of discolouration or visible particles. If the liquid isn’t clear you will need to get a new AAI.
If you have any questions or want further information please contact our Helpline.