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October 1st 2017!!

A Great step forward for Anaphylaxis and Schools!

A Great step forward for Anaphylaxis and Schools!

We at NDA are delighted that new legislation has been passed in Westminster this week allowing schools in the United Kingdom to keep spare Adrenaline Auto-Injectors (AAIs) for emergency use. AAIs deliver a potentially life-saving dose of adrenaline in the event of Anaphylaxis (severe life threatening allergic reaction) The legislation comes into effect from 1 October 2017.A working group, made up of  5 representatives from the Anaphylaxis Campaign, Allergy UK, the British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology (BSACI), the British Paediatric Allergy Immunity and Infection Group (BPAIIG), and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), worked very hard and campaogned over the last two years for the Government to amend the Human Medicines Act allowing schools to buy AAIs from a pharmaceutical supplier, without prescription, for use in emergencies.

The working group and their respective organisations have welcomed the new legislation which allows school staff to administer an emergency AAI to any child who has been assessed as being at risk of anaphylaxis.

Huge support from parents and teachers assisted the campaign. Over 1600 parents/carers and 800 teachers completed a survey in 2015 to assess backing for the campaign: over 99% of parents and 96% of teachers supported the proposal. The survey formed a crucial part of the evidence presented to the Department of Health.

A joint statement from the five organisations 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 requiring urgent action. One in five fatal food-allergic reactions in children happen at school. Schools can now purchase the first-line treatment for anaphylaxis, without a prescription. While not compulsory, we hope many schools will take advantage of this change as part of their duty of care to those children who are at risk of anaphylaxis. This is likely to increase awareness and highlight the need for staff to be trained to recognise and treat anaphylaxis in school. The working group is now developing a website which will provide online resources to support school staff.

This will provide valuable reassurance to any parent at risk from Anaphylaxis that their child can receive prompt emergency treatment while on school premises.

“We are delighted that our campaign has delivered the result we hoped for.” stated the organisations

NDA First Aid Training Ltd teach Anaphylaxis on the TQUK Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF) and also the Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF). We also deliver a specific 2 Hour Anaphylaxis Awareness Training course

We can  come to YOUR PREMISES, anywhere in the United Kingdom at a time and date that suits YOU

 We like to work with our clients and if there is anything we can do to make it easier for them then we will do our utmost. Please make us aware.

If you have a training requirement or would like further information please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards,

Nick Ayling

NDA First Aid Training Ltd

T:01494 958547


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