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Allergic Reactions : Few schools keep Epi-Pens on hand

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You have probably seen the commercials, if you have a child with allergies and you may have even had to use one , or you keep one close by. We are talking about an Epi-Pen which is an auto-injector for the emergency treatment of life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) caused by allergens, exercise, or unknown triggers; and for people who are at increased risk for these reactions. When it comes to access to an epi-pen during the school day, Bossier Parish School Liaison Sonja Bailes says every Bossier Parish School keeps the pens at a centralized location.

"Bossier schools have a very effective  program. We are one of only 2 school districts in the state that has epi-pen at all of our schools," Bailes told KTBS 3 News.

Bailes says staff members are also  trained on how to use them.  

Some Caddo Parish School Board staff members are trained as well, but the district does not provide the pens for any of their students.

" Caddo goes by the state medication law and doctors orders children can  to carry them  themselves," said Nursing Supervisor Bridget Causey.

Causey says at $300.00 each, the pens are too expensive to keep at the schools. The medicine also expires after 18 months.

We also contacted several other area school districts in the region, they too allow students to bring an epi-pen to school with a doctor's note but they do not keep the pens in stock.

School officials say it is important that parents make sure they are aware of any allergies their children may have and to alert school officials.

In the event that a child needs an injection from an epi-pen school officials contact paramedics.

 

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