CSBA releases 3rd ed of Anaphylaxis Guide

September 12, 2014 at 6:48 pm Leave a comment

The Canadian School Boards Association (CSBA) has released the 3rd edition (August 2014) of the guide titled Anaphylaxis in Schools and Other Settings .  I recommend that all schools should review this document.

From pages 17-18, the guide discusses the general role of the school community

“School Community

ƒ All school staff should be aware of children who have an allergy that may trigger an anaphylactic reaction and be prepared to treat them in accordance with the emergency protocol. Information about children with life-threatening allergies should be readily available. Many teachers keep a copy of their students’ Anaphylaxis Emergency Plans in their “day book”; this is where important information is organized for substitute teachers.

School staff must consult with the parent before posting the child’s plan. It should be kept in areas which are accessible to staff, while respecting the privacy of the child (e.g. office, staff room, lunch room or cafeteria). Older children are often more reluctant to have their plan posted in the classroom where it is visible to all.

The entire student population should be educated regarding the seriousness of anaphylaxis and be taught how to help their peers. This could be achieved through general awareness sessions in an assembly or a special health lesson. Peers should be taught that bullying and teasing students at risk of anaphylaxis is unacceptable. Bullying and teasing incidents should be dealt with immediately.

ƒThe school should have readily available first-aid kits that contain an epinephrine auto-injector. Schools should consider keeping kits in designated areas where the likelihood of an allergic reaction occurring may be higher, e.g. lunch rooms or cafeterias. Epinephrine auto-injectors come in two dosages (i.e. 0.15 mg and 0.30 mg) and are prescribed based on a person’s weight. (Expiry dates should be checked on a periodic basis, e.g. September and January.)” (pp 17-18)

The guide provides lots more details about identifying symptoms, epi-pen use, etc. Be informed so that you can  keep your students safe.

Check it out!

Rowan

 

 

 

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