(UK) Survey of school nurses shows staff members trained in "handling severe allergic reactions"

Mar 14, 2018, (UK) Survey of school nurses underscores dire need to develop more feasible food allergy policies Nearly all school nurses participating in a national survey (96 percent) reported that staff at their school received training on handling severe allergic reactions to food. Over 80 percent asserted that their school had an emergency epinephrine auto-injector on hand to stop a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. The study findings, published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, also underscore the dire need for these policies, with over one-third of the school nurses reporting at least one severe allergic reaction to food at their school in the last academic year.... Food allergy occurs in up to 8 percent of children in the U.S., and up to two students in every classroom may be affected. … "Future research needs to examine the effectiveness of specific policies in improving the safety of children with food allergies during the school day," says Dr. Gupta. "With one in three nurses reporting an allergic reaction in the past year, we need to continue working together with families and schools to develop feasible policies that protect children with food allergies."