Epinephrine Auto-Injectors (aka EpiPens)
Anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening hypersensitivity to a substance. The reaction can occur within seconds or minutes of encountering an allergic trigger, including but not limited to an insect sting, food allergy, drug reaction (e.g., antibiotics, aspirin and non-steroidal inflammatory drugs), and exercise.
California Education Code (EC) Section 49414, as amended by Senate Bill 1266, effective January 1, 2015, requires school districts to provide emergency epinephrine auto-injectors to school nurses or trained personnel who have volunteered, and provides that school nurses or trained personnel who have volunteered may use epinephrine auto-injectors to provide emergency medical aid to persons suffering or reasonably believed to be suffering from an anaphylactic reaction.
Provide Epinephrine Auto-Injector Pens:
All schools must stock at least one (1) epinephrine auto-injector pen and one (1) epinephrine auto-injector pen junior at each school.
- Please review the expiration dates of existing stock and properly dispose of expired injectors in a Sharps Bio Hazard refuse container at that site.
- Annual orders or replenishment orders, at no cost to the district, can be placed at EpiPen 4 Schools or by contacting Jennifer McCain at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- NOTE: You can order additional supplies for athletics, field trips or first aid kits as needed from the EpiPen 4 Schools program at a discounted cost.
EC Section 49414(f) states that a school district, county office of education, or charter school shall distribute a notice at least once per school year to all staff that contains the following information:
- A description of the volunteer request stating that the request is for volunteers to be trained to administer an epinephrine auto-injector to a person if the person is suffering, or reasonably believed to be suffering, from anaphylaxis, as specified in subdivision (b).
- A description of the training that the volunteer will receive pursuant to subdivision (d).