From the Times:
Potentially lifesaving allergy medication may soon be available to
more students, thanks to an agreement reached last week by lawmakers and
a school-nurses organization that had initially opposed the proposal
due to safety and legal concerns.
The now-amended Senate Bill 5104,
likely to be approved this session, would allow schools around the
state to stockpile epinephrine, which can be used to prevent or stop
severe allergic reactions that can kill within minutes.
School staffers have only been able to inject students who have been
diagnosed with an allergy. And the schools cannot currently store extra
epinephrine, to be used in emergencies, or use one student’s EpiPen on
Under the amended bill, school nurses would be able to use
epinephrine on any student, regardless of whether the student has been
Other school employees, if designated and trained by the nurse, would be able to use epinephrine on diagnosed students.
The amended bill would not allow all school employees to use
epinephrine on undiagnosed students, as an original version approved by
the state Senate allowed.
A leader of the School Nurse Organization of Washington, a volunteer
professional organization that promotes quality school nursing, said
that would conflict with a state law that prohibits nurses from
delegating the responsibility of diagnosing ailments.
The organization opposed the bill’s original version, sending a letter
to members of the state House Education Committee, because of the
provision on non-nurses giving epinephrine to undiagnosed students.
The bill now moves on to the House.