What can you do about anaphylaxis in school settings?
Over the last several years, there’s been increasing attention to the treatment of anaphylaxis in schools. Most states have laws governing the administration of an epinephrine auto-injector for when a student, who is allergic to foods or venoms, has an unexpected exposure to one of these allergens.
The College put together a toolkit where you can find links to your state’s full law and information about liability. It also provides everything you need to write standing orders and prescriptions for undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors to schools. Many schools have difficulty obtaining these life-saving devices, so writing prescriptions and standing orders for schools could greatly help your community.
Looking for more information? Check out:
- The network for public health law website – they have surveyed all 50 states for their laws concerning epinephrine use in schools. You can review the findings for your state, but you may have to do a little digging to check through the applicable statute. Some statutes mix administration of Narcan (for reactions to opium products) in with the epinephrine and anaphylaxis section.
- The National Association of School Nurses website. They offer additional resources for protocols and emergency care plans, and debunk food allergy and anaphylaxis myths.
- Training videos for the Epipen and Adranaclick auto-injectors.
If you have any trouble with any of the links you can call or email the Advocacy Council office.