NAPLES, Fla - It's smaller than your smart phone, but doctors say it can save your life when seconds count. The new device is called the Auvi-Q and it is designed for people with severe food and insect allergies.
Doctors say the key is anyone can use it, whether you're at work, at school, or a park when someone has an allergic attack. The best part is, you don't have to read directions or be trained to save a life.
The Auvi-Q works the same way as the traditional EpiPen, except this injector talks to you giving step by step directions about how to use it.
"Some of the feedback patients gave was well what happens if a child on the soccer field has an anaphylactic reaction and no one knows how to use the epinephrine," says Dr. Ronald Purcell, a Naples allergist.
The idea behind the Auvi-Q is that anyone, anywhere can use it. The step by step directions tell you to take off the red safety guard, put the device on your thigh and push. The device then counts down from five.
"That's a great help," says Kevin Murphy. "It would help a coach, a parent, a grandparent."
Sally Hudgins agrees. "You don't really have time to read over directions, it needs to be immediate and that makes it a lot simpler."
Hudgins' husband uses an EpiPen and while she is trained on how to use it, she says, after seeing our demonstration, she'll look into getting the Auvi-Q. She likes that anyone can potentially save her husbands life, when seconds count.
"It takes some of the anxiety and fear out of it," says Hudgins.
The Auvi-Q has been around for about eight months. Most health insurance plans cover it, just like the EpiPen.