Massachusetts has a regulation in place for using epinephrine in emergency situations.
Regulations 105 CMR 210.000: The Administration of Prescription Medications in Public and Private 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.
Michael Pistiner, MD, MMSc, Allergist at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, author of Everyday Cool with Food Allergies, co-author of Living Confidently With Food Allergy and co-founder of AllergyHome.org
Karen Regan, Supervisor of School Nurses for New Bedford Public Schools
New Bedford, MA
Rozanne Milner, RN of Newton North High School
Sample ACE Team Activity:
Ms. Milner completed an anaphylaxis presentation as a part of their 2012 back-to-school training to 200 staff members of Newton North High School in Newton, MA. Participants increased their knowledge about causes and signs/symptoms of anaphylaxis.
Dr. Pistiner co-authored Living Confidently With Food Allergy: A Guide for Parents and Families.
Questions about state legislation, ACE activities or getting involved?
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