With the widespread use of QR codes, and two brands of adrenaline (epinephrine) injector devices now available, a QR code has been added to the generic version of the red ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis and the generic version of the orange ASCIA First Aid Plan for Anaphylaxis.
The QR code links to a new ASCIA webpage www.allergy.org.au/hp/anaphylaxis/how-to-give-injector which includes instructions for both EpiPen® and Anapen® . Please note that the generic versions with QR codes are not intended to replace the device specific plans for EpiPen® and Anapen®
The generic ASCIA plans with QR codes are now available on the ASCIA website in several locations and have been updated in ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training courses:
The generic versions of ASCIA plans have been available for several years, for the following reasons:
- To enable translations, generic orange ASCIA First Aid Plan for Anaphylaxis were introduced in 2012.
- To prepare for the situation where other brands of adrenaline injector devices may have been introduced at short notice, due to supply issues, generic red ASCIA Action Plans for Anaphylaxis were introduced in 2018.
- To provide a illustrative training tool, without being brand specific, generic red ASCIA Action Plans for Anaphylaxis and orange ASCIA First Aid Plan for Anaphylaxis have been used in ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training courses since 2018.
Adding the QR code to the generic ASCIA plans provides additional information to ‘refer to device label’ for instructions. Even if people don’t use the QR code, having the code in a prominent location may highlight the fact that people can ‘refer to device label’ for instructions.