(April 2) – The House gave preliminary approval today to a school safety bill that will increase protections for students suffering from severe allergic reactions.
HB13-1171, sponsored by Rep. Dianne Primavera (D-Broomfield), allows, but does not require, schools to authorize the school nurse or other qualified personnel to give an epinephrine auto-injector to a student who is believed to be experiencing anaphylactic shock, regardless of whether the student has a prescription.
Anaphylaxis is an intense allergic reaction that can be triggered in a matter of seconds by such things as bee stings or ingestion of medications or foods. Unless treated promptly, it can be life-threatening. But under current law, schools don’t have the authority to administer the customary treatment, epinephrine, unless a prescription is already on file.
“This change in the law will save lives,” Rep. Primavera said. “In cases of anaphylaxis it is essential to administer treatment right away.”