FAQ Level 3 Award for First Responders on Scene: Emergency First Responder (RQF) FROS® - Online Blended Part 1

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Proper Storage and Disposal of Auto-Injectors

Understanding Storage Requirements

Auto-Injector Specifics:

Each auto-injector has unique temperature range requirements for correct storage. It's crucial to know these specifics to ensure proper storage conditions.

Information Sources:

Obtain storage instructions from the manufacturer's website, your pharmacist, doctor, or the ProTrainings website to guarantee accurate storage.

Temperature Sensitivity:

All auto-injectors must be stored within defined temperature limits to prevent damage. Extreme temperatures can alter the chemical composition and render the device ineffective.

Cold Temperature Considerations

Extreme Cold:

When facing freezing conditions, such as a snowy or frosty environment, ensure the temperature stays within your auto-injector's specified range. Avoid exposing it to extreme cold.

Hot Temperature Precautions

Car Storage:

On hot sunny days, the interior of a car can become exceptionally hot, potentially jeopardizing your auto-injector. Use insulated storage options or store it in the car's trunk to maintain proper temperature.

UV Protection:

Some units require UV protection due to the adverse effects of UV light on certain chemicals. Keep your auto-injector in its provided storage case, protecting it from UV light, dust, and other contaminants.

Disposal of Auto-Injectors

Post-Use Disposal:

If you've used an auto-injector, hand it over to paramedics or medical professionals at the scene for accurate record-keeping and patient care.

Expired or Damaged Units:

Auto-injectors with expired or undamaged medicine must be returned to your pharmacist, doctor, or hospital for proper disposal. Never dispose of them in regular household waste due to the needle and potentially harmful contents.

Follow these guidelines for the correct storage and disposal of auto-injectors, ensuring their effectiveness and safety.

Learning Outcomes:
  • IPOSi Unit four LO6.1, 6.2 & 6.3