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Nottingham student’s new adrenaline pen ‘could save lives’

A Nottingham student ‘frustrated’ with carrying large adrenaline pens has created a smaller version that he believes ‘could save lives’.

William Charteris, a product design student at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), suffers with a nut allergy and has carried an EpiPen since the age of 15.

The pens, which contain adrenaline, are prescribed by doctors and are used to treat people who suffer anaphylactic shock – a potentially life-threatening reaction to an allergy that can cause breathing difficulties, a fast heartbeat and confusion.

It injects an immediate dose of adrenaline into the body, reducing an individual’s blood pressure and relaxing their lungs and throat so that they can breathe more easily.

The now 22-year-old believes that the pens look “scary and intimidating” and wanted to create a more “attractive” device that people would want to carry around with him.

It came after he discovered that people with allergies are put off from carrying an EpiPen because it doesn’t fit in their pockets and they have to take a bag out with them.

William, who is originally from Burton-on-Trent, said: “I wanted to design an alternative which is attractive and looks almost fashionable, so people will be more willing to carry it with them all the time. In the long run it could save lives.

“By creating a smaller alternative product, people won’t notice having it on them and hopefully children will like the design so they want to carry it with them.”

James Dale, principal lecturer in product design at NTU’s school of architecture, design and the built environment, said: “William has been successful in redesigning the adrenaline pen to make it more adaptable for people who have to carry it with them every day.

“He has taken time to research people’s issues surrounding the current product and used his own personal experiences to design a device that people will like and could potentially save lives.”

William’s design is currently on display at the university’s 2017 Degree Show, which launched at its city campus on Sunday (June 3) and will run until Saturday (June 10).