Congratulations! In May 2014, Connecticut passed a law that permits schools to maintain and stock epinephrine in case of an emergency. The law, Public Act 14-176, can be read at: http://www.cga.ct.gov/2014/ACT/PA/2014PA-00176-R00HB-05521-PA.htm. The law will go into effect on July 1, 2014.
However, our job is not done yet. Each law or regulation must be implemented or put into action by a board or an agency.
The agency or board will then issue administrative rules, guidelines or best practices explaining in detail how it intends to put the law into effect and what a mother, father, caregiver, physician, pharmacist or school nurse must do to comply with the law.
AANMA is an active resource in these states assisting administrators in a seamless roll-out of the stock-epinephrine laws.
Carol Ott, RN, BSN of Guilford Public Schools
Christopher Randolph, MD of the Center for Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
Margy Clark, RN of Capitol Region Education Council, University of Hartford Magnet School and Andrea Dillon, RNBC, M.Ed. of Capitol Region Education Council
West Hartford and Windsor, CT
Sample ACE Team Activity:
Dr. Randolph is participating on the Joint Task Force developing anaphylaxis in the emergency room guidelines, in cooperation with physicians from the Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Randolph: ACE Spotlight article, “Epi the ER”
Ms. Clark facilitated a discussion group for 40 students with asthma and/or severe food allergies about the signs and symptoms of a reaction, how to use an epinephrine auto-injector, and the importance of emergency care.
Ms. Dillon, Assistant Director of Health Services for the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC), guided 21 school nurses in providing anaphylaxis education to 6,800 CREC students.
Questions about state legislation, ACE activities or getting involved?
About Anaphylaxis Community Experts (ACEs):
Anaphylaxis Community Experts is a national, award-winning education, advocacy and outreach partnership program developed and hosted by AANMA and the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, sponsored by Mylan Specialty L.P.