Anaphylaxis and adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs) in Schools

An important point to stress is that these spare generic adrenaline auto-injectors should only be used on a child known to have a severe allergy and who have been prescribed an AAI, in the event of that child suffering an anaphylactic reaction. Therefore, adrenaline pens should be clearly marked with the child’s name and stored in a known location.

The school should have a care plan which is followed in all cases, monitoring the progress of deterioration following a reaction at all stages of care.  If there is any doubt about how severe a reaction is, the school should use the pre-loaded adrenaline injection anyway.

A school should ensure that all staff, including lunchtime supervisors and catering organisations, are aware of the child’s allergy and ensuring they have sufficient trained staff to operate the device in case of an emergency.

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