HELP - PA or FA Deaths in School???

Posted on: Wed, 11/15/2006 - 8:32am
Ohio's picture
Joined: 05/23/2005 - 09:00

Excuse the subject line...this isn't a subject I want to discuss, but it is necessary.

My wife and I testified in support of SB 164 in Ohio today, which will allow students to carry epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPens). Current law states prescription medication must be locked up.

Anyway, one of the Representatives asked us for some statistics regarding PA/FA/Asthma deaths when epinephine was not readily available (in or out of school), and also any reports of auto-injector misuse in school.

Since we were put on the spot, all we could provide was anecdotal stories that we were aware of. We would like to follow up with more accurate/relevant information. Can any of you provide information regarding:

1. Verifiable PA/FA/Asthma fatalities at school.
2. Clinical/medical studies regarding PA/FA/Asthma reactions (mild/severe/fatal).
3. Any misuse of epinephrine auto-injectors at school.

It would be best to cite sources that are verifiable. I am trying to pull something together by Friday, November 17th. Any help is appreciated.



Posted on: Wed, 11/15/2006 - 8:58am
starlight's picture
Joined: 01/16/2004 - 09:00

You might want to try taking a look at this thread: [url=""][/url]
and running the names through google or yahoo and seeing what pops up.

Posted on: Wed, 11/15/2006 - 9:12am
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Joined: 12/06/2001 - 09:00


Posted on: Wed, 11/15/2006 - 9:27am
Scooby's picture
Joined: 04/09/2000 - 09:00

FAAN may be able to help you with this. They are very knowledgable about legal issues and such.
Good luck. You are doing a wonderful thing for PA students.

Posted on: Wed, 11/15/2006 - 1:06pm
Daisy's picture
Joined: 01/16/2006 - 09:00

Misuse of Epi brings to mind the story of Alex Baptist of Australia. It was a series of events that led to his death, including that his teacher stuck *herself* with his Epi.
And Sabrina Shannon of Canada's *Sabrina's Law* died very quickly in the cafeteria. No time to get to the office for her meds.
Thank you,

Posted on: Wed, 11/15/2006 - 3:00pm
Daisy's picture
Joined: 01/16/2006 - 09:00

Also, check this bill out...
Legislation Addresses Food Allergies in Schools
November 3, 2006 -- On September 29, 2006, Representative Nita Lowery (D-N.Y.) reintroduced the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act, H.R. 6290. A companion bill, S. 3980, was introduced in the Senate by Senator Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) on September 28, 2006. The bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop and make available a policy to manage the risk of food allergy and anaphylaxis in schools. The bill does not require schools to implement such a policy, but encourages schools to adopt it on a volunteer basis.
and cited info further down the page...
These studies indicate that deaths occur, in part, because of a delay in administering epinephrine, the only medication available to stop allergic reactions.
And this citation about the positive results they have had in Canada:
Back to School with Anaphylaxis
Frequently Asked Questions
What effect, if any, has anaphylaxis awareness had in the school system?
Anaphylaxis Canada recently conducted a study of anaphylaxis deaths on Ontario from
1986-2000. Between 1986 and 1994, six children died from anaphylaxis in Ontario
camps and schools. Since 1994, there has not been one anaphylactic death in an Ontario school or camp! Of note, the Canadian Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology published Anaphylaxis In Schools and Other Day Care Settings in 1995. Understanding and committed effort have made this a reality. It

Posted on: Thu, 11/16/2006 - 3:36am
Ohio's picture
Joined: 05/23/2005 - 09:00

Thanks to everyone. I am working on a consise letter to send tomorrow. In addition to this message board, FAAN sent me a bunch of information.

Posted on: Thu, 11/16/2006 - 3:40am
Carefulmom's picture
Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

A great medical source for information on food allergies is [url=""][/url] which is the website for the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology.

Posted on: Wed, 11/29/2006 - 5:51am
Ohio's picture
Joined: 05/23/2005 - 09:00

Update...Thanks to everyone...SB 164 was voted out of the Ohio House of Representatives Health Committee by a 16-0 vote today. It is now headed to the House floor!

Posted on: Wed, 11/29/2006 - 12:53pm
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted:
[b]The bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop and make available a policy to manage the risk of food allergy and anaphylaxis in schools. The bill does not require schools to implement such a policy, but encourages schools to adopt it on a volunteer basis.

Posted on: Thu, 11/30/2006 - 2:14am
SFMom's picture
Joined: 11/27/2006 - 09:00

When my kids started middle school a couple of years ago, I wrote to the principal to inform that my kids had peanut allergies and carry epi-pens.
His response: Epi-pens must be kept at the office.
Well, I cried bulls*it on him, citing the new law that had gone into effect in California.
It made my kids SO much more comfortable at school to have their epi-pens WITH THEM at all times.
I think this should be the law EVERYWHERE.
Saying that other kids would stick themselves with it is a load of **** . I hope this bill passes in every state that brings it to the table.
Two daughters, ages 10 and 13 who are allergic to peanuts, soy, all legumes, most tree nuts, and a few antibiotics.


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