Unwanted Reactions to Adrenaline

Although a naturally occurring hormone, adrenaline can have some serious effects on casualties if given in error or incorrectly, these include very fast heart rate, very high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats and cardiac arrest.

DO NOT inject adrenaline into the ears, nose, buttocks, and genital area or into a blood vessel. If this does happen accidentally seek medical attention urgently. Because of the possible side effects of the drug it is important that the casualty is hospitalised for observation.

Adrenaline is well tolerated in children and when administered as specified on an action plan, the benefits would always outweigh the side effects.