We have received a communication from the CDO, England, on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care, regarding Adrenaline for anaphylaxis kits. The following information has been published on the NHSBSA website:
Adrenaline for anaphylaxis kits - a reminder to healthcare professionals
This is a message on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).
The advice remains to conserve supplies of adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs) for patients who truly need them. Some dental practices may be holding EpiPen or Jext devices, in preference to adrenaline ampoules, to treat anaphylactic reactions; this should not be necessary.
All healthcare professionals providing services where anaphylaxis treatment may be required should have the competency to draw up and administer adrenaline from ampoules with a normal syringe and needle.
We ask that when you renew the adrenaline in your anaphylaxis kits, you alert all your staff to please stock ampoules (ensuring you also include dosing charts, needles and syringes) and not AAIs. This will reduce the reliance on AAIs and therefore preserve essential supplies for patients, parents, carers, teachers, etc. who, as lay persons, cannot be expected to administer adrenaline via a needle and syringe.
Supplies of adrenaline ampoules are currently available and there is an expectation that dental practices should use these in preference to AAIs.
All enquiries relating to this issue should be sent to the DHSC Medicine Supply Team at DHSCmedicinesupplyteam@dhsc.gov.uk.