Not great that the Epinephrine was needed so often, but good that it was there in an emergency. We need this legislation in British schools now!
Before the start of the 2012-2013 school year, epinephrine auto-injectors (EAIs) were distributed to all schools in the Chicago Public School (CPS) system, the third largest school district in the U.S. Data on the use of these unassigned auto-injectors was collected and reviewed by a team of researchers, led by Ruchi S. Gupta, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago), a member of FARE’s Medical Advisory Board. Their study, published online by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine on Oct. 22, found that 38 auto-injectors were used during the school year, and that:
- Most of the EAI recipients (92 percent) were students
- More than half (55 percent) didn’t know they had a food allergy
- Twenty-one EAIs (55 percent) were administered to treat food allergy reactions
- Peanut was the most common food allergen (18 percent), followed by fin fish (13 percent)
- In more than a third of the…
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