From 1st October this year, schools will be able to purchase spare adrenaline auto-injectors (also known as AAIs), without prescription, to treat anaphylaxis. AAIs can deliver a potentially life-saving dose of adrenaline to someone suffering a severe allergic reaction.

The new legislation allows school staff to administer an emergency AAI to any child who has been assessed as being at risk of anaphylaxis. 

The announcement was made following a two-year campaign to amend the Human Medicines Act, which had garnered overwhelming support from teachers and parents.

A statement from the five organisations leading the campaign says:

“The rise in food allergy among young people is posing a significant risk for schools who can be faced with a life threatening situation which needs urgent action. One in five fatal food-allergic reactions in children happen at school. […] For a parent of a child at risk from anaphylaxis this represents an important reassurance that their child will have emergency treatment available on the school premises and we are delighted that our campaign has delivered the result we hoped for.”

At BX Medical we work with a lot of nurseries and schools teaching staff essential paediatric first aid – including treatment for anaphylaxis. If you need training in this area, we can teach you how to use AAIs effectively, in case a child in your care suffers a severe allergic reaction. Our Basic Life Support and Management of Anaphylaxis course (Level 2 Award) would be ideal, otherwise please contact us and we can help you find the best way forward.