EpiPens Coming To Every Robertson County School
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – For those who have experienced a severe allergic reaction it can be terrifying. It’s called Anaphylaxis (an-a-fi-LAK-sis) and it’s a serious, life-threatening allergic reaction to things like foods, insect stings, medications, and even latex.
With over 11,000 students attending Robertson County Schools, it’s not if but when, and the district wants to be prepared. It has been on the district’s radar for some time.
Now, thanks in part to new legislation, EpiPens will soon be available at all Robertson County Schools. The legislation (TCA 49-50-1602) allows for schools to purchase EpiPens for medical use by nursing staff.
Administered moments after severe allergy symptoms present, EpiPens can stop the body’s overreaction and potentially save a life.
Within just a few months the district will have at least one EpiPen in each school. A Dr.’s prescription will be the final step before the medical devices will be made available at each school.
A final voted to approve the device was made by the Board of Education at the December board meeting.
The EpiPens will enable each school to provide potentially life-saving treatment that can be administered even before emergency medical staff can arrive.
“As a father of a child with a severe nut allergy, this new program is very personal to me. I am excited that this is happening in our school system,” said Dr. Chris Causey, Director of Schools.
“I am excited to finally get this program up and running. It has been discussed for a while now. Having these EpiPens in stock at our schools will help to provide just one more level of protection to our students and staff,” said Amber Hester, School Nursing Coordinator.
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