Policy for Epipens
In accordance with the School Health Department, the school maintains a register of all pupils diagnosed as needing emergency adrenalin. (Epipens)
Information about individual children is kept on the wall of the school office. Photographic identification of the child is kept with the care plan which is near the Epipen.
Parents of children requiring Epipens should provide the school with a completed medical form, giving details of specific allergies.
The record is kept in the school office and details are placed on the child's school files. (Both paper and electronic (Arbor) copies)
Parents should ensure that the children have two Epipens, one to be kept in school and one for use outside school.
All Epipens are accessible at all times within school. These are kept in a safe place within the school office in a labelled box. All staff members know where they can gain immediate access to them.
Epipens are taken on all visits and outings.
A designated adult will be responsible for the individual child's Epipen.
A written record of emergency treatment is kept in the school medical file and parents are informed immediately.
All staff are given training on a two-yearly basis by the school nurse when there are children requiring Epipens in school.
Parents must inform the school of any change to the conditions problems which affect their child/children.
Parents are responsible for providing two Epipens for each of their own children affect by asthma.
Parents must keep the Epipens up to date and change them when they are used or past the expiry date.
School will inform the parents/guardians:
Immediately an attack occurs.
When the Epipen has been used.
When any mild attack, not requiring adrenalin has occured.
An Ambulance will be called as soon as a serious attack occurs.
School will inform Nobles Hospital/Paramedics immediately.
A risk assessment is undertaken before any animal is allowed into school.
Staff are aware of the conditions which may bring on anaphylactic shock in specific children
Copies of the school's epipen guidelines are given to all staff.
A copy of instructions for the use of the Epipen is provided with each Epipen.