Emergency Epipen In Schools
Adrenaline Auto-injectors in schools
New legislation was passed to allow schools in the UK to keep spare adrenaline auto injectors (AAIs) for emergency use. AAI devices deliver a potentially life-saving dose of adrenaline in the event of a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).
The legislation comes into effect from 1 October 2017.
Previously it was illegal for schools to have a spare adrenaline auto-injector (EpiPen) to use in the event of a potentially life-threatening reaction. Now schools are able to hold spare adrenaline auto injectors if they choose to.
With one in five fatal food-allergic reactions in children happening in schools this will help to reduce a significant risk for schools who can be faced with a life threatening situation which needs urgent action. Schools can now purchase the first line treatment for an anaphylactic reaction, without a prescription.