As of the 1st of October, the Human Medicines (Amendment) Regulations 2017 allows all primary and secondary schools (including independent schools) to buy and keep an Adrenaline auto-injector to use in emergencies, without obtaining a prescription.
This is a reassuring change for children suffering from allergies and their loved ones, but the school’s AAI should only be used if:
- The child is having an allergic reaction and they’re known to be at risk of anaphylaxis
- The child’s own device is not available, not working, broken, or out-of-date
- The child has both medical authorisation and written parental/guardian consent for it to be used
It’s important to know that the school’s AAI should be considered a spare or back-up, it shouldn’t be used as a replacement for the child’s own device - and children should have two of their own AAI’s at school at all times.
And last but not least - this change is discretionary - schools only have to do this if they wish to!
Signs of an Anaphylactic Shock
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