Ohio has a stock epinephrine law in place that is declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety. The reason for such necessity is that allergic reactions can be life-threatening and Ohio schools and camps presently lack authorization to procure epinephrine autoinjectors to treat emergency anaphylaxis. Because anaphylaxis can lead to death or permanent damage within minutes, authorization to procure and timely administer epinephrine is critical. Therefore, this act shall go into immediate effect. The Governor signed the bill on April 21, 2014.
Julia Boyajian, RN, BSN
Diann Casagrande, RN, BSN
M. Razi Rafeeq, MD of Toledo Allergy Society
Denise Kaufman, RN, BSN, M.Ed., NCSN
Richard Lavi, MD of Allergy Asthma & Sinus Relief Center
Sample ACE Team Activity:
Dr. Rafeeq completed an ACE presentation during a Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis in Schools conference for parents of children with food allergies, school and daycare staff, coaches, EMTs, camp staff, and others in Maumee, OH.
Dr. Rafeeq wrote an article in AANMA’s The MA Report newsletter titled, “In An Emergency, It’s Epinephrine”.
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