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Guidance on the use of emergency adrenaline auto-injectors in schools in Wales

How schools can implement an effective policy for the use of emergency adrenaline auto-injectors.
Guidance on the use of emergency adrenaline auto-injectors in schools in Wales (PDF version)
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Maintained nurseries, primary, secondary and special schools and pupil referral units (PRUs) can choose to hold adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs) for use in emergencies, without a prescription, from 1 October 2017.
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This page contains guidance to assist schools in writing the policy document needed around the use of the adrenaline auto-injector, including:
  • consent to administer the emergency AAI
  • considerations for learners with allergies
  • maintaining an up to date register of pupils at risk of anaphylaxis
  • responding to allergy and anaphylaxis symptoms
  • storage, care and disposal of the emergency AAI
  • suggested information for schools to share with parents/carers.

In response to the current disruption to the supply of EpiPenĀ® adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs), advice from the Department of Health and Social Care is being frequently updated. We advise that nurseries, schools and pupil referral units should not automatically dispose of their existing emergency AAIs when reaching their expiry date, but look to replace them and seek advice from their pharmacy in case they can still be used. (November 2018).

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