(May 28) – Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a pair of Rep. Dianne Primavera’s bills today, addressing medical emergencies in public schools and increasing services for older Coloradans.
HB13-1171, sponsored by Rep. 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 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 on file with the school.
“This may not be the biggest change in the law, but it could not be more important to the kids whose lives will be saved by it,” Rep. Primavera said.
The governor also signed Rep. Primavera’s bill to increase the Older Coloradans Fund. SB13-127 increases the fund by $2 million, to a total of $10 million, to pay for expanded services like Meals on Wheels, transportation to doctors’ appointments and visiting nurses for seniors.