School ready to save lives

School ready to save lives

Published at 6:02am 19th October 2017. (Updated at 11:25am 19th October 2017)

Darley Community Primary School has bought new kit which could save lives.

Adrenaline auto-injectors can be used when someone suffers a severe allergic reaction.

The law changed on 1 October, meaning that all schools can now buy the devices without a prescription.

Darley has some pupils who are at risk of anaphylaxis, so all staff have been trained in how to deal with any emergencies.

Anaphylactic shock can be potentially life-threatening if it isn't treated quickly.

Parent and first aid trainer Ruth Watson said: "17% of the deaths that happen from anaphylaxis happen within school-aged children and happen in schools.

"It's really important to try and push this through to other schools to jump on board and buy auto-injectors as well."

Headteacher Nick Coates added: "If a child's airway can close within three or four minutes, it's going to take a lot longer for an ambulance to get here.

"It's very reassuring that, heaven forbid anything like that should ever happen, we've got the auto-injectors in school now."

adrenaline auto-injectors

Adrenaline auto-injectors which can be used to treat severe allergic reactions

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