The Development and Implementation of the Chicago Public Schools' Emergency EpiPen Policy
In 2012 the Chicago Public Schools because the first large US school district to stock epinephrine auto-injectors in every single CPS school. Through the amendment of the CPS Administration of Medication Policy, school nurses were authorized to administer epinephrine to students that the nurse in good faith professionally believes is having a first-time anaphylactic reaction. The policy was also amended to mandate the training of school personnel who work with students on the management and prevention of allergic reactions by students. Two years in, this policy has sparked a national conversation about the merits of providing undesignated epinephrine in the school environment. This study analyzes the new policy and discusses some of the issues that have arisen over the past two years of its implementation. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT THE STUDY.