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Staff Training: Food Allergies & Anaphylaxis in School – What School Staff Need to KnowStaff Training: Food Allergies & Anaphylaxis in School – What School Staff Need to Know

This 30 minute module is designed to assist the school nurse in staff training of management of life-threatening allergic reactions and increase food allergy awareness for all school staff including teachers, food service personnel, administrators, aides, specialists, coaches, bus drivers, custodians and others.


The cafeteria is the riskiest place in school.



The classroom is the most common place for symptoms of allergic reactions to begin.



Mandated reporting of epinephrine in MA schools ( 2009-2010) demonstrated that 45% of the cases had symptoms develop in the classroom, 14 % in the cafeteria, 9% in the  health office, 7% on the  playground/outside/recess, and 25% in various locations both inside and outside the school building .This drives home the importance of school wide policies that include prevention strategies and emergency preparedness that include all locations where students spend time, beyond the cafeteria and with a focus on the classroom.





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