Save a Life: The Epinephrine Auto-Injector Song
I wrote "Save a Life: The Epinephrine Auto-Injector Song" in order to teach people how to administer an epinephrine auto-injector, help them to remember the information long-term, and help them to remain calm when administering epinephrine to themselves or to someone else. Many people are able to learn information easily through music or a song. For example, most people learn the alphabet using a song, so I thought it would be helpful to learn and remember how to administer an epinephrine auto-injector through a song as well. I presented this idea back in 2018 at FARE's Innovation Tank and was selected as the Young Innovator of the Year for the Concept Category. The concept received very positive feedback from many people who were enthusiastic about my idea. I worked to create an effective and "catchy" song, and returned to the FARE Innovation Tank in 2019 to present my prototype. Various groups of people, from parents, teachers and school staff members to medical and other professionals thoughtfully took the time to let me know that this song would be a helpful tool to teach both themselves and others. Benefits included the song's memorable tune, its ability to reach auditory learners, keep people's attention while being trained, as well as helping to keep people calm and able to recall the procedure.
I hope that people are able to listen to and learn the song, whether they have food allergies or not. Knowing how to administer an epinephrine auto-injector is an important life skilll, since you never know when you might need to recall the information quickly. I am leading a TAG project this year. My original plan was to have teens across the nation share the song in person, singing it in schools, staff meetings, scout groups, medical offices, and community organizations. Now, with safe distancing and many schools closed, I hope that people are still able to learn the song while at home, teach it to family and friends, and maybe even sing it on a virtual meeting, until everyone is able to safely share it in person in the future! It is my hope that people across the nation learn and know the song, just in case they ever need to recall it in an emergency. "Save a Life: The Epinephrine Auto-Injector Song" could truly "save a life"!
~Teresa Hooker, TAG Member