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Epinephrine commonly administered by unlicensed school staff

Epinephrine commonly administered by unlicensed school staff
September 20, 2017

Read the Perspective from Nina Fekaris, MS, BSN, RN, NCSN

CHICAGO —  As many as one in five anaphylactic events among children without known allergies are treated with epinephrine administered by an unlicensed school nurse or staff member, according to a recent presentation at the AAP 2017 National Conference & Exhibition.

“School nurses can’t be everywhere all the time,” Michael Pistiner, MD MMSc, FAAP, director of food allergy advocacy, education and prevention at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, said in an interview with Infectious Diseases in Children. “Having a full-time nurse in the school would be ideal, but in some cases, that is not a possibility. It is important that epinephrine is available because we know that first-time allergic reactions do occur in schools. Having epinephrine available to treat anyone who experiences anaphylaxis is very important.”

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