- Tennessee's House and Senate finance committees will hear a proposal next week that would require all public and private schools in the state to have at least two EpiPens, epinephrine auto-injector devices used to treat serious allergic reactions, on hand.
- The proposal would allow a physician to prescribe the injectors in the school's name, allowing the school's nurse or other trained personnel to administer an injection to a student in the event of a serious emergency reaction where the student doesn't have an injector or a prescription for one on file at the school.
- Tennessee Education Association president Gera Summerford says that while having the injectors in schools would be beneficial, ensuring that individuals are trained to administer the medicine is the challenge.
From the article:
Kendra Tiedemann's 8-year-old son has been carrying an epinephrine injector with him since he was 3.
But the Franklin mother says not all children may have the so-called EpiPen, a device designed to quickly treat serious allergic reactions. That's why she and others support a bill advancing in the Legislature that would authorize at least two epinephrine auto-injectors to be placed in all public and private schools in Tennessee. ...