During an anaphylactic emergency, school staff are encouraged to first contact the health suite personnel. If a health suite staff member is not nearby or available, then a school employee that has been trained and certified by OSSE may administer emergency epinephrine.
In the event of an anaphylactic emergency, the health suite personnel or EPAs shall:
- Administer the epinephrine auto-injector.
- Call 9-1-1 and request an ambulance with epinephrine. Place the used auto-injector in its original carrying case and give it to the emergency responder upon their arrival.
- Stay with the student until an ambulance arrives and be prepared to administer a second epinephrine auto-injector in case of a biphasic reaction.
- Alert the student’s emergency contacts.
- Notify the school’s Epinephrine Liaison and provide necessary details to submit an incident report to OSSE within 24 hours of administering an undesignated epinephrine auto-injector.
- If health suite personnel were not present during the incident, they must be notified in writing so that information about the anaphylactic emergency can be entered into the student’s health record.
Schools may refer to the District of Columbia Student Access to Emergency Epinephrine Plan to learn more about schools’ responsibilities under the Act.