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Epinephrine Auto-injector Administration

  
1.       A school entity or nonpublic school may authorize a trained school employee to: 
a.       Provide an epinephrine auto-injector that meets the prescription on file for either the individual student or the school entity or nonpublic school to a student who is authorized to self-administer an epinephrine auto-injector; 
b.      Administer to a student an epinephrine auto-injector that meets the prescription on file for either the individual student or the school entity or nonpublic school; 
c.       Administer an epinephrine auto-injector that meets the prescription on file for the school entity or nonpublic school to a student that the employe in good faith believes to be having an anaphylactic reaction. 
2.       A physician may prescribe epinephrine auto-injectors in the name of the school entity or nonpublic school. 
3.       A school entity or nonpublic school may maintain a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors. 
a.       If the school maintains a supply they shall designate one or more individuals to be responsible for the storage and use. 
                                                                           i.      Individuals responsible for the storage and use must successfully complete a training approved by the Department of Health. 
                                                                         ii.      The law does not differentiate between licensed and unlicensed school staff. Therefore, all school staff designated to administer an epinephrine auto-injector must successfully complete a Department of Health approved training. 
4.       The Good Samaritan Law shall apply to a person who administers an epinephrine auto-injector pursuant to this section.  
 If school staff are authorized to administer an epinephrine auto-injector, regardless of whether it's a student's individual prescription or from the school's stock, they must be trained using a Department of Health approved course. 
 
There are currently four epinephrine auto-injectors on the market. Training devices can be ordered from the website (for one to two devices) or by calling (for larger numbers):

a. Epi-pen          (1-800-395-3376)  My Epipen Savings Card -- This card can be used to reduce the amount of out-of-pocket expenses.
b. Adrenaclick    (1-855-374-6374)  http://adrenaclick.com/
c. Generic          (1-855-374-6374)
d. Auvi-Q            (1-877-30-AUVIQ)  https://www.auvi-q.com/
 
 It is recommended that schools obtain training devices for each type of auto-injector for their trained school staff. The training videos available on these websites are not Department of Health approved trainings
 
Updated: August 2017