New version of epinephrine auto-injector talks user through injection steps

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FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. - There's a new option for people with food allergies and the inventor of the device made a visit to the Minnesota State Fair.

It's a new version of an epinephrine auto-injector.  It's called the Auvi-Q and it's the first that talks.

When someone with food allergies has an anaphylactic reaction, a quick dose of epinephrine can give them time to get to a hospital. 

With allergies to fish, eggs, milk and more, a treat at the fair is a big deal to Aidan Ruppert.

"He was really excited he got some stuff to eat today," said his mother, Paula Ruppert, as Aidan ate from a bag of cotton candy.

Paula Ruppert has three kids with food allergies, so she was interested to see and hear the Auvi-Q.

The Auvi-Q's inventor, Eric Edwards, stopped by the Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association (AFAA) in the Health Fair 11 building on Tuesday.

He says the Auvi-Q is "the first epinephrine auto-injector that provides audible and visual queues to assist a patient or caregiver through the administration process."

Because of that, he said, it gives more peace of mind.

The Auvi-Q gives verbal instructions like, "To inject, place black end against outer thigh." and "Five, four, three, two, one.  Injection complete."

The talking feature is meant to make injecting someone with epinephrine less intimidating. 

The Auvi-Q, shaped like a credit card, is easier to put in a pocket.

Plus, Edwards said, "It's the first epinephrine auto-injector to have a retractable needle system."

Those are all improvements to Ruppert.  "I like that it talks so that somebody who doesn't know how to use it can use it," she said.

If you have questions about the Auvi-Q or food allergies in general, stop by the Health Fair building, at Dan Patch and Cooper Streets, during the fair and talk to the folks from the AFAA. 

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