Current trends in food allergy-induced anaphylaxis management at school

Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2018 Aug;121(2):174-178. doi: 10.1016/j.anai.2018.04.015. Epub 2018 Apr 21.


Objective: To review the evidence and current policies regarding the use of epinephrine at schools and child care centers DATA SOURCES AND STUDY SELECTIONS: A narrative review was performed based on the result of conference proceedings of a group of interprofessional stakeholders who attended the USAnaphylaxis Summit 2017 presented by Allergy & Asthma Network.

Results: Anaphylaxis is a well-recognized medical emergency that requires prompt treatment with intramuscular epinephrine. Anaphylaxis can be associated with poor quality of life. There is renewed recent focus on anaphylaxis management in schools. This interest has been spurred by an increase in the number of children with food allergy who are attending school, data that support up to 25% of first-time anaphylactic events occurring on school grounds, and a well-publicized fatality that helped to initiate a movement for stock, undesignated, non-student-specific epinephrine. Stock epinephrine is now available in 49 states, with an increasing number of states instituting mandatory reporting for use of such devices. Nursing efforts are paramount to support and implement stock epinephrine programs. Many states do not have clarity on delegation of authority for who can administer stock epinephrine, and there is evidence of variability in storage of stock devices. Few states have outcomes data that support successful implementation of stock epinephrine programs.

Conclusion: Additional data are needed to demonstrate successful implementations of stock epinephrine programs and their outcomes. Such programs should include support for school nursing and clearer delineation of authority for medication administration as well as standards for where and how devices are stored.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Anaphylaxis / drug therapy*
  • Child
  • Emergencies
  • Epinephrine / therapeutic use*
  • Food Hypersensitivity / drug therapy*
  • Humans
  • Population*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • School Health Services
  • Schools
  • United States


  • Epinephrine