Louisiana has an act in place for using epinephrine in emergency situations.
Act 624 provides for administration of auto-injectable epinephrine by a school nurse or trained school employee.
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.
Prem Menon, MD of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Center and Barbara Pittenger, RN
Baton Rouge, LA
David Schneider, MD
John Carlson, MD, Ph.D. and Kelli Rose, of Tulane University School of Medicine
New Orleans, LA
Michelle Korah-Sedgwick, MD of LSUHSC Program of Medicine-Pediatrics
New Orleans, LA
Peter Boggs, MD of Breathe America Shreveport Allergy Treatment Clinic
Sample ACE Team Activity:
Congratulations to Northwest Louisiana Pediatric Society and Dr. Peter Boggs, for obtaining school board approval to provide stock epinephrine auto-injectors in Bossier Parrish and Caddo Parish Schools! More than 100 schools will now have access to this life-saving medication!
In June 2013, Dr. John Carlson and Kelli Rose presented anaphylaxis information to ReNEW charter school school nurses and school administration staff in New Orleans, LA. They reviewed the different causes and symptoms of anaphylaxis as well as how to treat it by using epinephrine. The team educated the school staff about the importance of stocking two epinephrine auto-injectors per school to be used for anyone who is exhibiting anaphylaxis symptoms and shared with them information about how to obtain stock epinephrine. Each of the five schools succcessfully obtained two epinephrine auto-injectors to be used as stock supply in case of an anaphylactic emergency. The participants increased their understanding about anaphylaxis as well as the need to treat it with epinephrine.
Dr. Menon was interviewed by local paper, The Advocate for an article, “Haley’s Halloween: Candy-coated holiday becomes food drive for allergic girl”.
Mrs. Barbara Pittenger completed an ACE presentation on cross-contamination and its potential effects on anaphylaxis in December 2013 for a 4th grade class at St. Aloysius School in Baton Rouge, LA. The presentation turned into a discussion about empathy, as students were asked how they would feel if they were singled out in certain situations. The children expressed they would feel “scared, mad, sad, left out, etc.”
Dr. Schneider’s practice posted a press release on his website titled, “USAnaphylaxis Map: The STATEment on Life-Threatening Allergies at School”.
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.