brilliant Epipen idea (IMO) from a friend

Posted on: Tue, 01/30/2007 - 6:29am
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A very good friend of me asked me why school cafeterias and the like don't have Epipens in a "fire extinguisher" type of device on the wall under glass that could be broken in the case of an emergency? She said that schools now have defribrillators (sp?), why not Epipens? I had no good answer for her but I thought it was a great idea.

Has anyone every heard of that being suggested before? I know there would be a training issue, etc. but I would rather have it there than not.

Just an idea!
LJ

Posted on: Tue, 01/30/2007 - 7:10am
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In workplaces where there is a high liklihood of a catastrophic anaphylactic event.... like research facilities and hospitals, for example-- THEY ARE.
This way, if you collapse from a latex exposure, someone can do something to help save you.

Posted on: Tue, 01/30/2007 - 8:36am
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We've encountered 'epi pens' in the first aid station at the hockey rink ~ at the front desk of the summer golf resort ~ at the kids summer camp ~ and in the top drawer of the dentist office.
All these places we didn't expect to encounter epi pens but when staff at each of those above places saw us holding our epi pen bag and pouch, they each commented on having epi's for their guests/clients so perhaps more places have them but just don't advertise?

Posted on: Tue, 01/30/2007 - 8:49am
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I would think since it is obtained by a prescription, that it could not be readily available in a fire extinguisher type device?
Isn't it against the "law" to distribute prescription drugs to anyone other than the prescribed person?

Posted on: Tue, 01/30/2007 - 9:11am
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You're probably right about the prescription. I didn't think about that. Just thought it was a novel idea and would really boost awareness of food allergies!

Posted on: Tue, 01/30/2007 - 10:03am
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That's a good idea! I've always been under the impression that it 'can't hurt'. I suppose you could admin. it in the wrong spot, but surely that can't be worse than using a defribrilator incorrectly.
BTW - in Canada you can get the epipen over the counter.

Posted on: Tue, 01/30/2007 - 10:19am
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Our schools include epi in 'trauma kits' that are located throughout the building. (The school district has a physician consultant who writes prescriptions.)

Posted on: Tue, 01/30/2007 - 10:31am
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But... defibrilators are designed so that it will not give a shock unless it is needed... so an untrained person could hook it up to any unconcious person without harm.
An untrained person can't tell the difference between an ana rx and some other medical emergency, and I imagine there *are* medical emeergencies in which epi would be dangerous (though I don't know off the top of my head).
It would require a judgement call that I wouldn't want someone to make for me or my child and that I wouldn't want to make for someone else.
It is probably a good idea to have the stuff available in some places and if someone is having a *for sure* ana rx to something it can be administered, but I don't think it should just be right there and available for anyone.
Tara P

Posted on: Tue, 01/30/2007 - 1:28pm
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Our school has this. The Epipen is in the glass case with the defibilliator, in the hallway right outside the cafeteria.
Schools are allowed (in some states) to stock a generic Epipen for use in an anaphalytic emergency in an undiagnosed child (or if the child's epipen malfunctions). This is sometimes covered in school board policies, and/or in state laws.
A trained Epipen designee could administer the epipen.

Posted on: Tue, 01/30/2007 - 2:16pm
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Quote:Originally posted by lj:
[b]A very good friend of me asked me why school cafeterias and the like don't have Epipens in a "fire extinguisher" type of device on the wall under glass that could be broken in the case of an emergency? She said that schools now have defribrillators (sp?), why not Epipens? I had no good answer for her but I thought it was a great idea.
Has anyone every heard of that being suggested before? [/b]
you mean similiar to this?:
page 4 of the actual document as numbered, but page 10 of the pdf format . (also page 49 of the actual document):
[url="http://www.doe.mass.edu/cnp/news02/allergy.pdf"]http://www.doe.mass.edu/cnp/news02/allergy.pdf[/url]
General Disclaimer: I am not offering advice, I do not guarantee the accuracy, currentness, content, or applicability of the link in this post.

Posted on: Tue, 01/30/2007 - 2:18pm
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Quote:Originally posted by TwokidsNJ:
[b]Our school has this. The Epipen is in the glass case with the defibilliator, in the hallway right outside the cafeteria.
Schools are allowed (in some states) to stock a generic Epipen for use in an anaphalytic emergency in an undiagnosed child (or if the child's epipen malfunctions). This is sometimes covered in school board policies, and/or in state laws.
A trained Epipen designee could administer the epipen.[/b]
NO advice, but the document I posted a link to mentions "standing orders" and RN's.

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