Yesterday, on November 13, 2013, the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act H.R. 2094 became law at President Barack Obama’s hand. The Act provides an incentive to encourage states to enact legislation that requires “stock” epinephrine auto-injectors in their schools (epinephrine that is not prescribed to a specific student, often referred to as EpiPen or Auvi-Q epinephrine auto-injectors) that can be used for any student or staff member in an anaphylactic emergency. Four states have already passed laws requiring that epinephrine is available in all schools, and many others allow schools to stock epinephrine, but do not require it.*
The incentive provided by yesterday’s federal legislation is that those states allowing trained school personnel to administer epinephrine and meeting other related requirements will receive preference ahead of nonqualifying states for a share of money the federal government has set aside for asthma-related grants. The full text of the legislation is here.
In particular, The School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act states that:
The term trained personnel means, with respect to an elementary or secondary school, an individual—
(i) who has been designated by the principal (or other appropriate administrative staff) of the school to administer epinephrine on a voluntary basis outside their scope of employment;
(ii) who has received training in the administration of epinephrine; and
(iii) whose training in the administration of epinephrine meets appropriate medical standards and has been documented by appropriate administrative staff of the school.
This training is available at epipentraining.com, which is a 50 minute online course co-written by Allergist Dr. Mark Greenwald that each person to be trained completes on his or her own computer. It meets medical standards and is backed by extremely powerful learning management software that provides the tracking features that school administrative staff require. There are no other online courses with tracking in existence.
Anaphylaxis Canada has an eworkshop training without tracking features, and it is specific to Ontario schools only. Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) formerly known as FAAN has an online course also with no tracking features at allergyready.com, which is out of date and frankly doesn’t work.
To set up training for your school personnel, contact EpiPenTraining.com at 519 433-8443 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also go directly to the group sign up page at EpiPenTraining.com by clicking here to open a group training account and start your training in minutes.
* The following states have passed stock epinephrine laws or regulations as of October 14, 2013:
Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia
These states have pending stock epinephrine bills:
Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania
Source: http://www.aanma.org/advocacy/usanaphylaxis/ Accessed 14 November 2013.
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