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Stocked Epipens

Allergic reactions can be life threatening.  Food allergies are the leading cause of anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction.  Severe and sometimes fatal reactions (anaphylaxis) may occur in students with previously unidentified allergies.

Billings Public Schools, in order to improve student safety has developed a protocol to stock emergency epinephrine in accordance with Montana Code Annotated 20-5-421.  This law allows stock auto-injectable epinephrine to be administered by a BPS Registered Nurse or other trained personnel to any student or non-student as needed for actual or perceived anaphylaxis.

Please note: students with known allergies and prescriptions are required to continue to provide prescription medication and appropriate paperwork to the school office.

In accordance with the law, a BPS Registered Nurses provide training annually to all designated personnel authorized to administer epinephrine.  The training includes the following: causes of anaphylaxis, recognition of signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, indications for the administration of epinephrine, the administration technique, and the need for immediate access to a certified emergency responder.

Our goal is threefold:
  1. To initiate treatment that might otherwise be delayed.
  2. To lessen symptoms, which are understandably frightening to a student.
  3. To possibly prevent progression to anaphylaxis (anaphylactic shock and/or airway closure) in most severe cases.
Should a student be determined to have symptoms of an allergic reaction and epinephrine is administered, 911 will be immediately called and the parent immediately notified.