Emergency Epinephrine in School
WASN’s position on current Wisconsin legislative action involving epinephrine auto injector policies supports high- quality training for all who administer epinephrine auto injectors in schools; school nurse involvement in the development of emergency epinephrine policies as in other medication policies; and that 911 (EMS) is call whenever emergency epinephrine is administered.
For many years, Wisconsin school nurses and WASN members have been proactive in writing policies and putting plans into place in their school districts, for the stocking of emergency epinephrine auto injectors. These auto injectors can be used for undiagnosed incidents of anaphylaxis or if a student with a known allergy does not have theirs available. WASN also supports students being able to self-administer their own auto injectors. WASN is supportive of legislation regarding epinephrine auto injectors that contain strong training standards and support professional standards of care, such as calling 911 (EMS) after an epinephrine auto injector has been administered in a school setting.
WASN opposes the stock epinephrine bill currently in the Legislature because it weakens standards for training of non-nursing staff, and it does not have a specific role for school nurses in establishing/managing the policies/plans. WASN continues to advocate for stronger standards, yet is appreciative and supportive of the need to effectively treat anaphylaxis in the school setting.
Louise Wilson MS, BSN, RN, NCSN, President
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The key to accomplishment is organization. School nurse “needs” are numerous and varied. Many are determined by outside pressures. Acting individually, it is impossible for the school nurses to deal effectively with these problems.