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How to give an emergency injection


This section describes how to give an emergency injection of injectable hydrocortisone for adrenal crisis prevention. The explanations use videos and illustrated guides to describe how to prepare and administer the injections and are relevant for work colleagues, family and friends as well as self-injection.

The descriptions provide practical guidance for the various drug preparations and syringe types which are available within the UK, along with links to the ADSHG emergency injection kits available in our online shop.

 

 

 
Liquid hydrocortisone sodium phosphate (1ml ampoule) emergency inject instructions

 

This page provides practical instructions for the liquid hydrocortisone sodium phosphate drug preparation along with links to the ADSHG emergency injection kits available in the online shop.

 

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Powder and water (Solu-Cortef) emergency inject instructions

 

This page provides practical instructions for the Solu-Cortef drug preparation along with links to the ADSHG emergency injection kits available in the online shop.

 

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Act-O-vial (integrated vial Solu-Cortef powder and water) injection instructions

 

This page provides practical instructions for the Act-O-vial Solu-Cortef drug preparation along with links to the ADSHG emergency injection kits available in the online shop.

 

Read this emergency injection page here ...

 

 
Additional foreign language resources:

 

A Dutch language video demonstrating self-injection with the Act-o-Vial form of Solu-Cortef can be viewed here... It follows a slightly different technique to that taught in the UK and uses the longer, green IM needles that would usually only be recommended for people with a larger BMI, >30, in the UK. This video was produced by the Radboud University Hospital endocrine department, Nijmegen, Netherlands. The Dutch support group, NVACP, has also produced a cartoon video explaining how to use the Act-o-Vial form of injectable hydrocortisone.

 

The Act-o-Vial drug preparation is not available in the UK, but can be obtained on prescription in a number of EU states (Germany, France, Netherlands, Denmark) as well as in North America. It is not available in Spain or Portugal.

 

Foreign language translations of the ADSHG emergency guidelines are available here.







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