UPI: Schools need to prepare for severe allergic reactions

Sept 18, 2017, UPI: Schools may not be prepared enough for students with food allergies: Study Many students who suffer a severe allergic reaction at school get potentially lifesaving epinephrine injections from unlicensed staff or other students, not a school nurse, a new study finds. "The findings highlight the importance of having a supply of epinephrine available in schools, and people trained to administer it during an allergy emergency," said study author Dr. Michael Pistiner. He is director of food allergy advocacy, education and prevention at MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston. … The researchers surveyed more than 1,200 school nurses in the United States. Nearly 24 percent reported epinephrine being administered in their school during the past year. And 34 percent said they staff more than one building.... The survey also found that one-third of epinephrine injections were given to students who did not have an allergy known to the school. Moreover, nearly 11 percent of students who suffered a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) required more than one dose of epinephrine before emergency medical responders arrived. Previous research suggests as many as one in five children with a food allergy will suffer an allergic reaction at school or child care, Pistiner said in an American Academy of Pediatrics news release.