Where is epi stored?

Posted on: Thu, 12/07/2006 - 7:09am
cog's picture
Joined: 11/13/2006 - 09:00

I have been calling preschools and elementary schools to screen them regarding how they handle allergies. Some of the schools store the epi pens in the school office with phones in each classroom. Others have it in a locked cabinet in the classroom. None mentioned the child can carry it on their person. Where do most of your schools keep your child's epi? I know each school is different but is this a serious point that folks have considered when choosing a school?

Posted on: Thu, 12/07/2006 - 8:43am
Christabelle's picture
Joined: 10/03/2004 - 09:00

Locked cabinet = big no-no. No scrambling for lost keys while a child is turning blue on the floor.
My child's epi is kept 1. in the classroom; 2. in the nurse's office 3 in the gym 4. in her lunchbag 5. in her school bag

Posted on: Thu, 12/07/2006 - 8:53am
Momcat's picture
Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

Check here to see if your child has the right to carry an epipen in your state.
Are you in IL? It looks like your child has the right to carry their epipen in IL.
My DD carries hers (since first grade) in a waist pack. There are two backup epipens in the locked medicine cabinet in the office.
Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 1/2 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

Posted on: Thu, 12/07/2006 - 10:16am
Carefulmom's picture
Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

In elementary school it was one in the classroom, one in the nurse`s office, one in the cafeteria, and one in after-care. Later she started going to the library after school, so we put one in there. Somewhere in 4th grade, she started self carrying also in her backpack.
Now in middle school, we have one in two of her classrooms (those teachers requested it), one in the office, one in her backpack, one in the PE office which is on the opposite side of the school, and an epibelt that she wears for PE because it is too far from the end of the track field to the PE office.
By the way, I also called schools in advance to choose her elementary school and middle school. GREAT IDEA. Most of the problems that I read about on these boards we were able to totally avoid by picking a school with a nurse that was allergy aware, understood how serious it was, and made sure every single staff member was trained. It really eliminated alot of the battles I see people on this board go through.
[This message has been edited by Carefulmom (edited December 07, 2006).]

Posted on: Thu, 12/07/2006 - 12:07pm
pitterpat's picture
Joined: 02/04/2006 - 09:00

My Pre-K DD4 carries hers in an epi belt. The school wasn't really excited about the idea, but I assured them that if they would give us a trial period of 1 month and if any problems occurred we could reevaluate. I also said that if it EVER came out of the pouch, I'd agree for her to not carry it. So far, no problems. DD is very mature. There is also an epi in the principals desk drawer. They change classes to about 7 different places so I feel better with dd carrying it.
DD2 is in a church preschool. She carries hers to school in her bag and the teacher carries it when they go to the playground or music, etc. Her meds and action plan are in a zippered pencil pouch that has a clear side.
I had troubles with the school when I demanded my way. When she went to her new school and I tried to reasonably suggest a trial period, they were open even though it was "against the rules." Attitude is everything.
Good luck

Posted on: Fri, 12/08/2006 - 12:06am
Ohio's picture
Joined: 05/23/2005 - 09:00

In preschool, a pair of epipens were in an unlocked office right next door.
In kindergarten, he wears an epibelt, but the teacher has a pair, and so does the office.
The school did not like the idea of him carrying at first, but felt that was better than passing the epipens from teacher to teacher (plus the librarian, gym, recess monitor, 2 different bus drivers). This way we all know he has his medication on him and there are several backups.
BTW, the locations of his medication, including the one he carries, is documented in his 504 plan and emergency plan.
[This message has been edited by Ohio (edited December 08, 2006).]

Posted on: Fri, 12/08/2006 - 12:19am
saknjmom's picture
Joined: 04/02/2003 - 09:00

In NJ children can carry epi pen & inhalers, but only with dr permission and consent that the child is mature enough to carry it and is at an age where he/she could self administer.
In NJ all medications must be stored in a locked cabinet in the nurse's office. I hate this. The good thing is that there is an amendment to this law that is being voted on Monday. It would allow these meds to be in the classroom, unlocked.
It will also clear up a problem with who can administer an epi pen if nurse isn't available and there is a benadryl order.
So, if you're in NJ, call today and support bill A961!!!!

Posted on: Fri, 12/08/2006 - 12:44am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

The nurse has told me that if I want DS to carry his own epi, we can get a doctor's order for it, but he would have to be able to self-adaminister. He has never needed the epi, and is not a very mature 8 y.o., so that's not the best option for us. The nurse has one of each (adult and junior) that she carries with her when she leaves her office. They are strapped to her walkie-talkie. There is a phone in each room, several walkie-talkies on the play-ground (each adult carries one), and there are certain students that have a walkie talkie go with them where ever they are (DS was one of those last year, for other reasons). The nurse's office is pretty central in the school. Right now DS's class is just a few doors down. The only grade that is at all far from the nurse is 5th. The nursde is also full-time, very allergy aware, and has a full-time para working with her (so if the nurse is out, the para at least knows all the kids and is aware of each one's health issues, so she can inform the substitute nurse).

Posted on: Fri, 12/08/2006 - 4:55am
Ethans mommy's picture
Joined: 04/09/2005 - 09:00

In my sons preschool my sons teacher or one of the teachers assistants carries 2 epipens and benedryl quick dissolves in a fanny pack around their waist. This way its not locked in a cabinet and when they divide the class into groups whoever has the epipen bag stays with Ethan.

Posted on: Fri, 12/08/2006 - 2:58pm
Nutternomore's picture
Joined: 08/02/2002 - 09:00

We have countered the argument about self-administration due to DS's prior anaphylactic history. Anaphylaxis came on [b]very[/b] quickly, and although DS knows how to self-administer (almost age 9), from a practical perspective, it is extremely unlikely that he would physically be able to if he were having an anaphylactic episode.
We bolstered this by relying upon documentation from our allergist, as well as supporting our position by using the AAAAI Position Statement 34 - Anaphylaxis in Schools and Other Child Care Settings. [i]It is clear in stating that even if a child has the ability to self-administer, that he/she should not be solely responsible.[/i]
Quoting from the Treatment Strategies section: "All students, regardless of whether they are capable of epinephrine self-administration, will still require the help of others because the severity of the reaction may hamper their attempts to inject themselves. Adult supervision is mandatory."
As far as where the Epi should be stored, earlier in the same section is states: " ...Epinephrine should be kept in locations that are easily accessible and not in locked cupboards or drawers. All staff members should know these locations. Children old enough to self-administer epinephrine should carry their own kits. For younger children, the epinephrine device should be kept in the classroom and passed from teacher to teacher as the child moves through the school (eg, from classroom to music to PE to lunch).

Posted on: Sat, 12/09/2006 - 1:01am
BS312's picture
Joined: 09/05/2001 - 09:00

DD, 9, wears two Epipens in an Epibelt at all times and she also has two in the nurse's office. She is not expected to self-administer.


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