Anaphylaxis is a severe, rapidly progressive allergic reaction that is potentially life threatening. The most common allergens in school aged children are peanuts, eggs, tree nuts (cashews), cow’s milk, fish and shellfish, wheat, soy, sesame, latex, certain insect stings and medication.
The key to prevention of anaphylaxis in schools is knowledge of those students who have been diagnosed at risk, awareness of triggers(allergens), and prevention of exposure to these triggers. Partnerships between schools and parents are important in ensuring that certain foods or items are kept away from the student while at school.
Adrenaline given through an EpiPen auto-injector to the muscle of the outer thigh is the most effective first aid treatment for anaphylaxis.
Individual Management Plans
The campus nurse will ensure that an individual anaphylaxis management plan is developed, in consultation with the student’s parents, for any student who has been diagnosed by a medical practitioner as being at risk of anaphylaxis.
The individual anaphylaxis management plan will be in place as soon as practicable after the student enrolls and where possible before their first day of school.
The individual anaphylaxis management plan will set out the following:
The student’s individual management plan will be reviewed:
It is the responsibility of the parent to:
The campus nurse will be responsible for ensuring that a communication plan is developed to provide information to all staff, students and parents about anaphylaxis and the schools anaphylaxis management policy.
The communication plan will include information about what steps will be taken to respond to an anaphylactic reaction by a student while at school or at school events.
Staff Training and Emergency Response
Appropriate campus staff will receive training on anaphylaxis management. The training should include:
Teachers and other school staff who have daily contact with students at risk of anaphylaxis must have up to date training on anaphylaxis management.
Training for staff will be provided as soon as practicable.
The school’s first aid procedures and student’s emergency procedures will be provided in responding to an anaphylactic reaction.
Contact your student's campus nurse if with any questions or concerns.