Students with severe allergies may be treated at school

May 16, 2013

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. May 18, 2013

School districts and private schools will have the ability to have stock epinephrine auto injectors prescribed to their schools for the treatment or avoidance of severe allergic reactions, thanks to a bill which was signed into law May 16.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, according to a press release from the Washington State Legislature.

In the event of a severe allergic reaction, a victim may rapidly experience an itchy rash, throat swelling and, if left untreated, could go into anaphylactic shock. An injection of epinephrine, commonly known as adrenaline, can help treat or avoid a severe reaction. Common causes of allergic reactions include food, insect bites or stings, and medications.

If a student has a personal prescription for epinephrine, under the bill, a school nurse or designated trained school personnel may administer an EpiPen. However, if a student does not have a prescription, only a school nurse may administer the medicine.

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