Our founder, Jon Terry, attended the USAnaphylaxis Summit held in Washington, DC, sponsored by the Allergy and Asthma Network. He came away with some great information to share from leading experts in the field who identified best practices and helped develop call-to-action strategies. Jon believes some great strides are being made in anaphylaxis prevention.
This past fall I attended the USAnaphylaxis Summit meeting at the National Harbor outside of Washington, DC. The event was sponsored by the Allergy and Asthma Network, for over thirty years the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions. Five years ago, AAN invited a small group of stakeholders to Washington, DC to participate in the first USAnaphylaxis Summit and hear from leading experts, identify best practices and develop call-to-action strategies. This year the Network gathered experts in allergies, anaphylaxis and patient care to collaborate and author a journal article based on the Summit’s presentations.
A study by Dr. Michael Pistiner of MassGeneral Hospital for Children found that epinephrine was often administered in schools by nonmedical staff, and sometimes to students with no known allergy. This reinforces the importance of legislation such as the Nurse Authorized Stock Epinephrine laws and the training of ALL school personnel. This is especially important for schools that do not have full-time nurses.
CHICAGO — As many as one in five anaphylactic events among children without known allergies are treated with epinephrine administered by an unlicensed school nurse or staff member, according to a recent presentation at the American Academy of Pediatrics 2017 National Conference & Exhibition.
We are very grateful for the leadership role Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-Westchester) and Senator Terence Murphy (R-Westchester) took in helping to pass legislation permitting school bus drivers and other school service providers to administer epinephrine in an emergency. And many thanks go to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for signing the bill so promptly. Now it is up to the New York State Department of Health to move quickly to issue the regulations necessary for timely implementation. We sincerely believe this legislation will help to save many lives over the years. You can read the full article here.
Allows Drivers and Others to Administer Life Saving Epinephrine
Adapted from a press release issued by Assemblyman David Buchwald with additional reporting by Jon Terry August 22, 2017
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation sponsored by Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-Westchester) to allow school bus drivers and other contractors providing services to schools to administer epinephrine when a child suffers anaphylaxis shock.
Penfield NY Boy Saves Father’s Life After A Bee Sting
This story rings close to our hearts, as our founder Jon Terry’s sister died as a result of a bee sting when she was alone at home. Read here about local hero Jamie Kosten who administered an EpiPen to his father after he was stung by bees he was raising.
Jamie Kosten Receives "Do The Right Thing" Award
By Suzanne Driscoll July 20th, 2017
Scott Kosten had been keeping bees in his yard for over 12 years, and never had an allergic reaction to a bee sting. But last May he was stung multiple times and became unconscious from anaphylactic shock. Fortunately, his 12 year old son Jamie was home and knew to call 911 right away. The first thing the operator asked was “Do you know if you have an EpiPen in the house?” Miraculously, the family had the foresight to purchase one to have on hand, “just in case a visitor ever needed it,” Jamie recalls,
Alone and feeling very stressed, Jamie calmed down as the 911 operator told him exactly what to do. He successfully administered the epinephrine auto-injector (EAI) device for the first time, and by the time the EMTs arrived 6-7 minutes later, his father had started to recover.
The 911 operator was so impressed with Jamie’s courage and determination, he nominated him for the Rochester Police Department's "Do the Right Thing" award. The "Do the Right Thing" program is designed to seek out the outstanding youth of the Rochester community who have distinguished themselves as a role model for their peers. They achieve this by committing "random acts of kindness," or by simply "doing the right thing."
As the school year comes to an end, it’s the perfect time to focus on ways to keep children with allergies safe on school buses, so we can be all ready to roll in September. We are pleased to report that legislation allowing school bus drivers to administer epinephrine in an emergency was passed by houses of the New York State legislature. Now the bill will be sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo for consideration and (hopefully) enactment. Please support our efforts by contacting him directly to sign the bill.
UPDATE: Allergy Safety on NYS School Buses
By Kristen Stewart June 21st, 2017
Good news from Albany!
School busses are two steps closer to being safer for children who suffer from life-threatening allergies thanks to the passage of Assembly Bill A07635 sponsored by David Buchwald and Senate Bill S06005 sponsored by Terrance Murphy. The bill would allow employees of companies that provide transportation for NYS school districts to be able to administer an epinephrine auto-injector in emergency circumstances.