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Anaphylaxis – AAIs in Schools

Anaphylaxis – AAIs in Schools

Did you know that schools will soon be able to hold generic adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs) in order to treat students with Anaphylaxis?

As you may be aware, schools have previously been unable to keep generic AAIs as they were classed as a prescription only medicine. However, following extensive campaigning by the Anaphylaxis Campaign and other leading organisations, new legislation will come into effect on 1st October 2017. This will allow schools, preschools and nurseries to obtain AAIs without a prescription, for emergency use on children who are at risk of anaphylaxis but whose own device is not available or not working.

The new legislation represents a significant adjustment in the management of children who suffer from severe allergic reactions. It will provide great reassurance to parents, school staff and carers across the UK.

Full guidance from the Department of Health can be found here

Will All Schools Hold An AAI?

Whilst it is not mandatory for schools to hold generic AAIs, those who choose to do so should establish a sufficient policy or protocol for their use in line with statutory guidance and ensure that staff have been adequately trained to operate the devices in an emergency.

With 17% of fatal allergic reactions in school-aged children happening while at school, we are extremely pleased to hear that AAIs are set to have a permanent place within schools across the UK!

If you wish to find out more about ‘Generic Pens in Schools’, you can visit the Anaphylaxis Campaign website here.