CUSERT can no longer help administering EpiPen!?

By Heather Legg

During my web browsing, I came across this article and I like the way it made me think, hopefully it will make us all think. It is written by a college student about the revocation of Epipens by the emergency medical team at the school, what will this lead to? Take a look at this article. Here’s a snippet:

Now, CUSERT can no longer help me administer my own EpiPen! What if I’m already passed out and I have no option? Where is the sense in allowing people who are already trained in the carrying and administering of this medication to not help someone who might be incapable or too nervous to stab themselves?

Apparently the medical response team used to be able to carry Epipens, but now not only doesn’t carry them, but can’t administer them. Has our society become so litigious that we can’t have this safety feature anymore. Lots of instances exist that defy safety in order to avoid lawsuits, but these are trained professionals we are talking about. This is their profession, why can’t they do all they can do save a life taking all necessary precautions within reason. I think the administration of an Epipen is definitely within reason if someone is suffering a severe allergic attack.

I’ve often thought that Epipens should be standard in restaurant and school and there should be someone on staff at all times who is capable, certified, trained, whatever to administer the Epipen in emergencies. What if someone has a reaction for the first time, before he knew he had an allergy? What if for some reason they are without their Epipens? What if an Epipen had been misplaced in a school, say after a field trip and a student needs one ASAP, shouldn’t be there one on hand as opposed to not having one at all?

And shouldn’t an emergency medical team have them on hand to use in the case of a severe reaction? I know in many schools, it is just getting to the point where students can carry them themselves, which in these large high schools can make an absolute difference. Is an Epipen in the nurse’s office across the campus going to be as effective as one in the student’s backpack?

Anyway, it makes you think, or at least I hope it makes you think. Quit worrying about law suites so much and worry about what is best for everyone.

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