EpiPens in the Schools
Posted at: 10/16/2013 4:25 PM
| Updated at: 10/16/2013 10:48 PM
Livia Murray carries an EpiPen with her all of the time at Hermantown Elementary. The third grader explained how it works on Wednesday.
"It's a shot that you can use. You stick it in your thigh for ten seconds. If someone is having an allergic reaction, you use it," she said.
Her mother was at the school's wellness fair on Wednesday, speaking about food allergies. Livia has severe nut allergies.
"The school has been great. Each specialist knows, each teacher knows, the nurse, the principal, they all know who the kids are who are allergic like Livia," Natalie Murray said. "I have peace of mind when she's here."
The school nurse, Kristy Gunderson, said she's been working actively on education for students, staff, and parents.
"Everyone is trained on how to use the EpiPens, and how to identify reactions to food allergies," she said.
We asked first graders what they knew about food allergies. It's become more common here and across the country. So even young children know someone who is allergic to nuts or dairy. They told us they don't treat those kids any differently.
A new law signed by Governor Mark Dayton this spring means more schools could have extra EpiPens on hand for emergencies. Right now, students are required to have prescriptions. But the law releases the districts from liability if they use a non-prescribed EpiPen in an emergency.
Other districts we spoke with had similar procedures for EpiPen use, like training for staff.