Last night I used the Auvi-Q for the first time. If you did not read my first post about the Auvi-Q, you can check it out here: http://behindthereaction.com/2013/02/03/auvi-q/. I had been asked if I or anyone I know has used their Auvi-Q yet and I have not yet heard of anyone using it. So because I am always looking out for my lovely readers I shall inform you about my experience using it! I know what you are thinking…Natalie you live such an exciting life! Well, what can I say? Having idiopathic anaphylaxis is quite the party.
If you have used the trainer you know it says something like “this is just a training device.” The real one was very similar to the trainer with what steps it walks you through. I noticed I sometimes have a difficult time getting the red tab off the trainer, but did not notice it with the real one. Another perk to the Auvi-Q is you do not have to wait for it to finish talking. I didn’t listen to the entire part about pulling off the tab, I just did it. I really liked the feeling of setting it against my leg and then pressing it in. For me, this felt more comfortable than the ol’ swing and jab of the Epi-Pen. I did the Auvi-Q through my jeans, but they were thin jeans and it went through just fine. Now it may all be in my head, but I thought the Auvi-Q was a little more painful than the Epi-Pen. It still was nothing horrible, but definitely noticeable.
After using the Auvi-Q it still fit back into the case almost perfectly. I don’t really know how, but maybe Sanofi is using magic. At first this seemed confusing because at the ER I couldn’t tell which had been used and which was still unused. When I pulled the used one out it tells you something along the lines of “this device has been used and cannot be used again. Please take to nearest medical office for proper disposal.”
-VERY easy to use
-I love the place and poke instead of swing and jab
-I want the world to know about this product and still not many people do. No one at the ER had seen or heard of the Auvi-Q. The doctor even took it to go show all of his colleagues. I am okay using it myself, but until more emergency personnel know about it, I will still be carrying my Epi-Pens. I can’t remember if I have mentioned this, but after my last reaction the paramedics and firemen all had no idea what it was and said during an emergency they would not consider that it may be an auto-injector.
Overall, I would definitely use the Auvi-Q again and I still love the size and convenience of it!
Has anyone else used the Auvi-Q or had experience with it? I would love to hear your thoughts/opinions/questions!