Eye on Education

Legislators Want More School Employees to Have Access to Epinephrine Autoinjectors

Earlier this month, Ohio lawmakers introduced a bill that would allow schools to stock general-use supplies of epinephrine autoinjectors, which quickly administer a medicine often used to treat severe allergies. The bill, which is supported by the Ohio Association of School Nurses, would also allow school employees other than nurses to administer the injections.

Schools are equipped to come to the aid of students with known food allergies, injecting life-saving ephinephrin through a simple-to-use pen. But what the allergy is unknown and the child is having a life-or-death reaction? School nurses are pushing for a change in state law to allow schools to use epi-pens when needed, even without a standing order. We’ll talk about the law and the range of issues school nurses face these days.

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