Jan 21, 2014 7:20 PM by Annie Snead
Our state is taking steps to encourage schools to have a life saving device on hand.
New legislation allows them to administer EpiPens.
"So many kids will end up having their first allergic reaction at school and not have had a known diagnosis of an allergy," said Dr. Luke Webb with Asthma and Allergy Associates in Colorado Springs.
And now Colorado legislation allows schools to have epinephrine in stock to use on kids who don't have prescriptions.
"So having these EpiPens at school will allow the officials if they identify the child is having a severe allergic reaction, to be able to treat it without having to wait on an ambulance or wait till they get to the emergency room," he said.
Dr. Webb with says early administration can be the difference between life and death.
He says administering the EpiPen is very easy.
"It is extremely safe and now guidance is coming from the state regarding just how to carry out this plan of now having these epinephrine auto injectors and how to use them," he said.
Public and private schools have the option to implement the law, and there could be some challenges.
"This is a vast undertaking, giving guidance to every school in the state and too the Department of Education wants to be very careful that they are creating a plan that's implementable by schools and that can be clearly followed," he said.
Legislation has already passed nationally to encourage every school in the U.S. to keep epinephrine auto injectors.
"Hopefully the remaining 20 or so states that don't already have something in place regarding stock epinephrine available or at least encouraging schools to do that will fall in line very quickly to be able to offer this to kids throughout the entire country," said Webb.