School staffers should get EpiPen training, doctor says

School staffers should get EpiPen training, doctor says

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SOURCE & PHOTO CREDIT: Nationwide Children's Hospital

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (MyFox Detroit) -- As many as one in four of the estimated 6 million children in America with food allergies will have their first reaction at school.   Now an Ohio doctor says, in addition to nurses, other school staffers need to know how to use an EpiPen.

What's an EpiPen?  It's a syringe containing epinephrine, a drug used to treat allergic reactions.  Nationwide Children's Hospital Doctor D.J. Scherzer said those reactions can sometimes be fatal.

"In this country, there are about 100 to 150 people every year who actually die from a food allergy reaction."

Thousands of children have severe reactions every year at school, yet sometimes adults aren't able to help.

Dr. Scherzer says frequently an EpiPen sits idle during an emergency.  People have trouble knowing when and how to use them.  Then there is the natural hesitancy.

Considering this, Scherzer created a program to teach school workers about EpiPens.

Online: www.nationwidechildrens.org/epipen

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