Would you help a friend or stranger with their medication in an emergency? Decide beforehand whether to stop and assist or to get help for them. Are you a Good Samaritan?
It is common for us to carry intervention or rescue medications in case of emergencies. At present, these commonly can include an injector for an allergic reaction, an inhaler for lung problems, or nitroglycerin for angina.
Individuals all know when and how to use them, but some circumstances may warrant extra physical and emotional help.
Examples include:
– allergic reaction medication, a self injectable ‘epi pen‘ spring activated device containg 2 doses. Note electronic different for children and adults
-a rescue breather inhaler needs assemble and perhaps help for someone to be used
– Nitroglycerin is commonly for under the tongue or spray. Spray delivery of medication often needs to be primed; do not shake or inhale. Spray on or under the tongue. Individual does not swallow right away.
 
Realize it is a drug and can cause adverse side effects; keep the person flat or in a position of comfort.
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