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ANAPHYLAXIS. Life-Threatening Allergies. Allergic Reactions. Types of life-threatening allergies usually seen in students :. Insects, Bees Latex or Rubber. Peanuts and Tree Nuts. Foods. Latex Allergies.

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Life-Threatening Allergies

allergic reactions
Allergic Reactions

Types of life-threatening allergies usually seen in students:

  • Insects, Bees
  • Latex or Rubber
  • Peanuts and Tree Nuts
  • Foods
latex allergies
Latex Allergies

Some special needs students, such as those with spina bifida, have latex precautions or allergies. Items that may contain latex (rubber) in the classroom include:

  • Gloves
  • Toys
  • Pencil Erasers
  • Balloons

Be sure to use non-latex gloves and avoid these items in the classroom.

nut and peanut allergies
Nut and Peanut Allergies
  • Students can be allergic to only tree nuts (almonds, walnuts, etc) and OK to eat peanuts.
  • Some students can be allergic to only peanuts and OK to eat tree nuts.
  • Items that contain nuts are not always obvious. If there is any question, substitute the questionable food item with a known “safe” replacement.
  • The student’s specific allergies will be identified in the health care plan.
  • When the allergic reaction is life-threatening, it is called ANAPHYLAXIS.
  • Students with Anaphylaxis should have a health care plan prepared by the school nurse.
  • Teachers with students with Anaphylaxis should be familiar with the care plan and emergency actions necessary.
anaphylaxis symptoms
Anaphylaxis Symptoms
  • Throat “closing off”
  • Rapid onset
  • Sweating
  • Weakness
  • Feelings of apprehension
  • Tingling in mouth, face,

or throat

  • Itching
  • Wheezing
  • Shallow respirations
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach cramps
  • Diarrhea
what is an epi pen
What is an “Epi-pen”?
  • Many people with Anaphylaxis carry an

“Epi-pen” with them at all times.

  • An “Epi-pen” contains a single dose of epinephrine (adrenalin) that when given, will open the airways for approximately 15 minutes and allow them to breathe.
  • This is only temporary relief. You must also call 911 when a student has an Anaphylaxis reaction.
how to use an epi pen
How To Use An Epi-pen
  • Remove the blue safety cap when ready to use.
  • Place orangetip on thigh at right angle to leg. You do not need to remove the clothing.
  • Press hard, through the clothing, into the thigh until you hear a click.
  • Hold for 10 seconds against thigh.
epi pen use
Epi-pen Use
  • Massage injection area for 10 seconds.
  • Call 911 immediately
  • Give Epi-pen to EMS when they arrive.
  • Note the time you used the Epi-pen.
  • Be prepared to initiate CPR if breathing stops.

Call 911 immediately

auvi q
  • Auvi-Q is a new type of epinepherine auto-injector. It works the same but has voice commands to guide you.
be prepared
Be Prepared
  • Know your student’s specific health concerns.
  • Review and be familiar with the health care plan.
  • Call your school nurse with questions.
  • Know where the Epi-pen is to be stored: carried by student or kept with other medications in the school office.
this is only basic epi pen information
This is only basic Epi-pen information

You MUST receive

one-on-one training

from a school nurse

prior to administering

an Epi-pen