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Recognizing & Responding to Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis can happen at any time. Make sure you're prepared to save a life by taking this free course.

Recognizing & Responding to Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis (pronounced an-uh-fil-LAX-is) is a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. Symptoms can affect several areas of the body, including breathing and blood circulation.

Food allergy is the most common cause of anaphylaxis, although several other allergens—such as insect stings, medications or latex—can be potential triggers. Rarely, anaphylaxis is caused by exercise. Another uncommon form can occur when a person exercises soon after eating a problem food. 

Recognizing Responding to Anaphylaxis

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This course is now available through the Food Allergy Academy, FARE’s new learning management system. Click here for the registration page for the Food Allergy Academy platform, and then once you have registered you can search for the training course or content you are looking for.

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Epinephrine in K-12

Twelve states require k-12 schools keep undesignated epinephrine on hand. Another 37 states allow k-12 schools to keep undesignated epinephrine. Every state allows children in k-12 to self-carry their prescribed epinephrine auto-injectors.

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Epinephrine in Public Venues

Thirty-three states allow public venues, such as colleges, camps, and restaurants, to keep undesignated epinephrine on hand.

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Epinephrine on Campuses

Four states have legislation in place specifically allowing colleges and universities to keep undesignated epinephrine on hand, but keep in mind colleges are covered in most of the 33 laws that allow undesignated epinephrine in public venues.

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Epinephrine in public venues

States that allow public venues to keep undesignated epinephrine on hand for use in an emergency require these venues to have staff trained in how to recognize and respond to anaphylaxis. 

  • FARE's Save a Life: Recognizing and Responding to Anaphylaxis is currently approved to meet these requirements in Michigan.
  • In New York state, FARE's Save a Life: Recognizing and Responding to Anaphylaxis (New York State Specific) is approved to meet these requirements.

Both versions of the course may be accessed for free in FARE's Food Allergy Academy.

Indemnity and Liability Concerns

States with these laws in place include indemnity protection for everyone from the public entity and staff to prescribers. In New York state, for example, the legislation states:

"Any person or entity that purchases, operates, facilitates implementation or makes available... an epinephrine auto-injector device...or a health care practitioner that prescribes, dispenses or provides an epinephrine auto-injector device under section three thousand-c of this article, shall not be liable for damages arising either from the use of that equipment by a person who voluntarily and without expectation of monetary compensation renders first aid or emergency treatment at the scene of an accident or medical emergency, or from the use of defectively manufactured equipment; provided that this subdivision shall not limit the person's or entity's, the emergency health care provider's, or other health care practitioner's liability for his, her or its own negligence, gross negligence or intentional misconduct."

To learn more about the legislation in your state, click here

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If you are an entity who wants to obtain undesignated epinephrine or a health care practitioner willing to be a prescriber, email education@foodallergy.org for more information.

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