Did you know that epi-pen instructions say to keep epinephrine at 77 degrees? The package states, “Excursions permitted 59-86 degrees” and “protect from light”. What!? Summer can reach 100 degrees!!!
Honestly, for years I kept epipens in my purse in an un-insulated case. We always have the epis with us, but we had them out in summer heat and winter cold without giving the temperature much thought.
After seven years, though, we finally discovered the importance of keeping epinephrine temperatures regulated at room temperature.
To start off, it’s a good habit to never leave epinephrine in a car. Closed vehicles reach extreme temperatures in the summer and winter.
And for outdoor excursions, it’s important to be mindful of outside temperatures since we always want our epi on us. What does that look when we are out in the extremes?
For us, I love layers. Layers of insulated pouches, ice packs, towels, and bags.
We have all these supplies handy and ready to pack for outings like ball games, zoos, pools, hikes, and amusement parks.
Epinephrine can’t have ice directly on it, but wrapping ice and/or the epi in a towel creates the perfect buffer. Then I place the epi and ice (if needed) into an insulated pouch.
And sometimes THAT pouch will go into another bigger pouch. Remember, we’re going for layers here…especially in extreme heat.
Then I tuck our epi pouch into a bag like a purse, swim bag, picnic bag, snack bag, vacation bag, sports bag, back pack, etc. I’m sort of a bag lady like that.
Handwritten labels sealed with packing tape are a simple way to mark the medications and for anyone to find them easily.
For more information about epinephrine temperature control, read this recent study at Kids with Food Allergies.
Have a fun and safe summer!
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Original Post 5.20.13