Emergency Epinephrine Use for Food Allergy Reactions in Chicago Public Schools

Following national and local legislation, CPS was the first large, urban school district in the nation to develop and implement an initiative to supply all public and charter schools in Chicago with epinephrine auto-injectors. Our paper reports that during the 2012-2013 school year, 38 Chicago Public School (CPS) students and staff were given emergency medication for potentially life-threatening allergic reactions. Other key findings include: 1) Over half of students who were given emergency medication were previously unaware of their allergy; 2) Peanut allergy was the most common cause of reactions, followed by fin fish; 3) School nurses administered the medication the majority of the time.  Given the significant impact of stocking emergency auto-injectors during the initiative’s first year, we feel that schools across the country should consider adopting similar policies.  READ THE STUDY ABSTRACT HERE, or CLICK HERE to READ AN ARTICLE in the Chicago Tribune about the study.