How to Administer an Adrenaline Auto Injector for Anaphylaxis

How to Administer an EpiPen for Anaphylaxis

Signs & Symptoms

  • Difficult/noisy breathing
  • Swelling of tongue Swelling/tightness in throat
  • Difficulty talking and/or hoarse voice
  • Wheeze or persistent cough
  • Persistent dizziness or collapse
  • Pale and floppy (in young children)


  • Call ambulance
  • Lay the person flat, If breathing is difficult, allow to sit – do not allow them to stand
  • Give the adrenaline auto-injector if available
  • Further adrenaline doses may be given if there is no response after 5 minutes
  • If in doubt, give the adrenaline auto-injector

Step 1

Form a fist around the EpiPen and PULL OFF BLUE SAFETY RELEASE

Step 2

PLACE THE ORANGE END against outer mid-thigh (with or without clothing)

Step 3

PUSH DOWN HARD until a click is heard or felt and hold in place for 3 seconds

Step 4