After checking for any dangers. Call 111.
Ask them if they have any medical conditions. (If they are unable to communicate then look for a medic alert bracelet or necklace etc.)
She says she has allergies to peanuts and that her EpiPen (autoinjector) is in her handbag.
You get the EpiPen from her bag and you can assist her to using it:
Make a fist around the autoinjector and remove the blue cap from the top
Place the other end of the pen against the outer middle thigh.
Push down HARD until you hear or feel a click, then hold in place for 3 seconds. Remove the autoinjector, being careful not to touch the needle.
If using an Anapen, firstly remove the grey cap and when you have that end against the thigh push the red button.
If available, give a second dose where the symptoms are not relieved by the first injection.
Stay with them and reassure them whilst monitoring their condition. Report any changes to the emergency services.
Here is a link to Allergy NZ for further information.
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