Life Saving Asthma And Anaphylaxis Auto Injector Legislation For Schools

UPDATE January 2018: The blog below has now been updated since new guidance has now been issued by the Scottish Government meaning that at schools in Scotland can now also hold AAIs and Salbutamol Inhalers for use in emergencies.  

For further information on either, have a look at the following links : 

Annex A: Guidance For Education Authorities, NHS Boards and Schools in Scotland on the Use of Emergency Salbutamol Inhalers

or  Annex B: Other Condition Specific Information. The use of Adrenaline Auto-injectors in schools

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You may have seen in the news this week that new legislation has been passed, which allows schools to carry Anaphylaxis Auto Injectors, for use in emergencies situations.  This is an amendment to the Human Medicines Act which we previously looked at in a blog on Anaphylaxis and who could administer a life saving injection.

As this is a devolved issue for regional UK governments, its time to lobby your MP to ensure this is rolled out across the entire UK if you live in Wales, or Northern Ireland.

This change to legislation follows 2 years of lobbying by a working group, consisting of representatives from the Allergy UK, Anaphylaxis Campaign, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), the British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology (BSACI), and the British Paediatric Allergy Immunity and Infection Group (BPAIIG). A government consultation into the proposed changes returned an overwhelming support for the proposals and as such the Human Medicines (Amendment) Regulations 2017 were published on 5 July 2017 (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/id/uksi/2017/715.)

For full information on the consultation, see the Government’s Department for Health website notification here.

The most important paragraph however is the following:

“The revised regulations will come into effect on 1 October 2017. From this date onwards, schools will be able to buy adrenaline auto-injectors, without a prescription, for use in emergencies from a pharmaceutical supplier in small quantities provided it is done on an occasional basis and is not for profit.”

Administering an Auto-Injector

This video from our YouTube channel explains the different types of Auto Injector available on the market, and how to use each.

Administering an Auto Injector can be a daunting thing to do and we can provide training on how to do it properly. We can provide this training at your school, which will reinforce the inclusion of Anaphylaxis Auto Injectors in the building, giving staff confidence to do the right thing in a very stressful situation.

As an extra reminder, the image below illustrates the signs and symptoms of Anaphylaxis – far more than just a blotchy rash and swelling that most people are familiar with:

signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis