As we get deeper into the winter months and the weather turns even colder, it’s important to be proactive to protect your adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs) from freezing temperatures. AAIs should go everywhere with you at all times, so knowing how to store them when you’re outside for winter activities is key.
Always follow the official instructions for storage that come with your AAIs. These are:
Adrenaline is sensitive to light and can be damaged by high or low temperatures. Do not store your EpiPen® above 25°C and do not refrigerate or freeze. Keep the EpiPen® container in the outer carton to protect from light.
Jext® should be stored within the flip-top case provided. Store below 25°C. Do not freeze.
It used to be thought that exposing AAIs to freezing temperatures might compromise the integrity and effectiveness of the adrenaline in your devices, meaning it might not work as well as it should if you need it in an emergency. Recent studies have shown that this might not be the case if your AAI is accidentally frozen for a short time, but you should still take care to avoid this.
If kept below freezing for some time, the liquid adrenaline could become solid, meaning your AAI won’t work when you need it. It’s possible that freezing could also lead to cracks in the glass syringe containing the adrenaline.
If you know you have accidently frozen your AAIs it’s best to replace them as soon as possible.
Carrying adrenaline and managing a serious allergy doesn’t need to hold you back from enjoying the magic of winter activities. Get outside and enjoy every moment knowing you’re fully prepared!
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