Emergency Use of Epinephrine Injectors in Schools to be Signed into Law May 22nd, 2013, Colorado Springs Asthma and Allergy Associates’ Dr. Luke Webb testified to Senate

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On April 25, 2013 Dr. Luke Webb, of Asthma and Allergy Associates PC in Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Canon City, was the only physician to testify before the Colorado Senate Committee on Health & Human Services regarding the Colorado House Bill 1171 - Emergency Use of Epinephrine Injectors in Schools. This important legislation puts Colorado in the position that enables every school to have injectable epinephrine available for any and all students in case of a severe life threatening allergic reaction to triggers like food allergens and bee stings.

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Having Epinephrine auto-injectors available in every nurse’s office, in every school in Colorado, will actually save lives.

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The board-certified allergists of Asthma and Allergy Associates P.C. are big proponents of this legislation, as much as 30% of first-time allergic reactions occur while kids are in school. The bill requires all Colorado schools to have epinephrine auto-injectable pens on hand in the event of an emergency situation.

Colorado, and other legislative bodies across the nation, have passed or are considering similar bills. The goal is to have materials ready and available on location at a school to use if an allergic reaction emergency occurs. The Colorado bill, HB 13-1171, states:

“The governing authority of public and nonpublic schools may adopt a policy to authorize the school nurse or other designated school personnel to administer an epinephrine auto-injector to any student that the school nurse or designated school personnel in good faith believes is experiencing anaphylaxis, in accordance with a standing protocol from a licensed physician, physician's assistant, or advance practice nurse with prescriptive authority, and regardless of whether the student has a prescription for an epinephrine auto-injector. Schools may acquire and maintain a stock supply of epinephrine auto-injectors.”

On May 7th, 2013 the House Bill passed state Senate amendments to the bill; which in turn enabled this life saving legislation to become a law.

Having Epinephrine auto-injectors available in every nurse’s office, in every school in Colorado, will actually save lives. In 2012 a total of 18 student deaths in Colorado occurred due to an anaphylaxis shock emergency that wasn’t attended to in time because of schools not having epinephrine injectors on site. Dr. Luke Webb, and the professional allergists at Asthma and Allergy Associates P.C., strongly agree with this “Stock Epi Bill” being passed. They are dedicated to helping people with asthma and allergy issues and essential treatment, such as injectable epinephrine, is a priority to them and should be to schools too.

Dr. Luke Webb of Asthma and Allergy Associates of Colorado was proud to offer his testimony in this legislation battle and will continue to represent his practice with the same beliefs he presented to the Senate subcommittee for the Stock Epi Bill this past April.

Dr. Webb is pleased that his involvement helped this bill pass and that it will be signed into law by Colorado Governor Hickenlooper on Wednesday May 22nd, 2013.

About Asthma and Allergy Associates and Research Center:
Asthma and Allergy Associates PC has been serving Southern Colorado since the 1930’s with expert allergy and asthma care, diagnosis and treatment. The allergists at Asthma and Allergy Associates are experts in their field and world-renowned for their expertise. They are dedicated to providing you and your family with the best possible allergy care available. Asthma and Allergy Associates have four clinics in southern Colorado located at: 2709 N. Tejon St. in Colorado Springs, 8890 N. Union Blvd. Suite #185 in Briargate, 41 Montebello Rd. Suite #202 in Pueblo, and 1332 Bauer Lane in Canon City.

For more information, contact Mr. Paul Byer, Practice Administrator, at 719-634-1741, or go to http://www.aacos.com today!

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