Today I'm very happy to announce that our new study "Emergency Epinephrine Use for Food Allergy Reactions in Chicago Public Schools" is garnering some publicity--including this write-up in today's Chicago Tribune. The paper will be published on October 20th in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
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. 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.
Here are some other key findings from the report:
- The majority of those receiving an EAI were students (92 percent)
- More than half didn’t know they had an allergy (55 percent)
- Twenty-one of the EAIs given were to treat food induced allergic reactions
- Among food-induced reactions, peanut was the most common followed by fin fish
- The trigger of more than a third of all reactions was unknown
- Elementary schools had the most cases of EAIs administered
- School nurses administered the medication the majority of the time