Epinephrine auto-injector needles short for some children

07/20/2009 | Medscape (free registration)

U.S. researchers reported the needle in epinephrine auto-injectors may not be long enough to reach the muscle for intramuscular delivery in some children. Among children weighing less than 30 kg, the study in Pediatrics showed 12% had a skin-to-muscle surface depth over one-half inch, so they would not receive epinephrine intramuscularly with current auto-injectors. Among children weighing 30 kg or more, 30% had a skin-to-muscle surface depth exceeding the five-eighths of an inch needle length.

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