Kentucky has an act in place for using epinephrine in emergency situations.
An ACT relating to emergency anaphylaxis medications in schools.
Congratulations! Your state has passed stock-epinephrine laws or regulations that permit an emergency supply of epinephrine auto-injectors to be used in a school. 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 rollout of the stock-epinephrine laws.
Deidra Sanders, ARNP of Family Allergy & Asthma
Wes Sublett, MD of Family Allergy & Asthma
Bradley Rankin, MD of FAAAAI of Family Allergy & Asthma
Cindy Hayes, RN of Spencer County Public Schools
Sample ACE Team Activity:
Ms. Sanders made a presentation to teachers, aides, cafeteria staff, parents and the social worker at Taylor County Elementary in Campbellsville, KY. Participants increased their anaphylaxis awareness, and practiced using an epinephrine auto-injector trainer.
Ms. Sanders taught several school and Primary Care Physician office programs on medication use, including treatment for anaphylaxis. One program was held Fall 2013 at a pediatric office in Madison, Indiana for approximately 10-12 staff. During Fall 2013, Ms. Sanders completed a second anaphylaxis education program at a preschool for more than 25 staff.
In 2013, Dr. Sublett completed 12 presentations to groups of physicians, ARNPs, and pharmacists on identifying anaphylaxis and the use of epinephrine as first line therapy throughout Kentucky.
In Spring 2013, Family Allergy & Asthma worked with the Louisville Bats Baseball team to host a peanut-free baseball game for people with life-threatening allergies to peanuts. Family Allergy & Asthma staff were on hand providing awareness and carrying epiephrine auto-injectors to help someone if needed. The game was held in May 2013.
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.