ANAPHYLAXIS RISK MINIMISATION POLICY

ANAPHYLAXIS RISK MINIMISATION POLICY                                        August 2012

PURPOSE:

        Gladstone Views Primary School is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment in which children at risk of anaphylaxis can participate equally in all aspects of schooling. This policy aims to minimise the risk of an anaphylactic reaction occurring whilst the child is in the care of GVPS and ensure that staff members respond appropriately to an anaphylactic reaction. We recognise that the key to prevention of anaphylaxis in schools is knowledge, awareness and planning.

 

This policy applies when a child diagnosed as being at risk of anaphylaxis by a qualified medical practitioner is enrolled at GVPS. It also applies to other relevant members of the GVPS community, such as volunteers and visiting specialists.

 

This policy ensures that GVPS adheres to the following relevant legislation:

Children’s Services and Education Legislation (Anaphylaxis Management) Amendment Act 2008

Children’s Services Act 1996

Children’s Services Regulations 1998

Health Act 1958

Health Records Act 2001

Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004

This policy should be read in conjunction with the Anaphylaxis Guidelines for Victorian Government Schools.

 

GUIDELINES

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian of the child with anaphylaxis to inform the school upon enrolment or diagnosis of the condition.

It is the responsibility of GVPS to communicate information regarding children with anaphylaxis to relevant staff as soon as practicable once informed of the diagnosis.

It is the responsibility of GVPS to ensure adequate staff is trained in the management of anaphylaxis.

 

PLANNING / PREVENTION

  • All GVPS staff should be familiar with this policy and the Anaphylaxis Guidelines for Victorian Government Schools.
  • It is expected that parents of children with anaphylaxis will provide to the school:

⁻          The original copy of the medical practitioner’s anaphylaxis action plan, detailing substances the child is allergic to and measures to be taken should a reaction occur.

⁻          An Epipen or other medication necessary for the emergency management of anaphylaxis for their child.

 

  • The school will provide an Epipen for use in emergency situations
  • Anaphylaxis management plans will be displayed in prominent staff areas including yard duty folders and provided to the child’s direct teachers and specialist staff.
  • Medication required for the emergency management of Anaphylaxis will be stored under the following conditions:

⁻          In a central, unlocked area accessible to all staff

⁻          Clearly labelled with the child’s name

⁻          With a copy of the child’s anaphylaxis plan

  • Risk minimisation strategies will be discussed and implemented in consultation with the parents, school health staff and classroom teacher to plan specific risk minimisation for the individual child.
  • Parents will be informed when a student in their child’s class is at risk of anaphylaxis, letting them know what the allergen is (eg nut products) and encouraging those parents to provide other food items for lunch and snacks for their child during school time
  • Educating class members about allergies and why they need to develop and follow class procedures that help to minimise the risk for a class mate that may be at risk of anaphylaxis. These procedures should include:-

⁻          discussion about allergies, who is affected and how all class members need to cooperate in helping to minimise the risk of an allergic reaction

⁻          ensuring that all students are discouraged from sharing food with each other including food utensils and containers

  • Seeking written parental permission for students undertaking a class unit involving food preparation, cooking, tasting etc. prior to the commencement of the unit
    • ensuring that procedures are in place to minimise the risk of anaphylaxis when students are on school camps. These procedures should include:-
      • notification to Regional Office and camp manager(s) that a child who is at risk of an anaphylactic episode will be attending the camp
      • provision of an up to date anaphylaxis management plan (parent responsibility) and any prescribed medication prior to attending camp
      • identification of student/s at risk of anaphylaxis with all staff attending the camp being made aware of the student/s at risk
      • prior written notification to the camp manager informing him/her of student/s with food allergies
      • clear understandings between school staff attending camp, allergy affected student/s and camp kitchen manager regarding food requirements and management  
      • reminding and reinforcing the fact that students are not to share food with each other including food utensils and containers
      • ensuring that procedures are in place to minimise the risk of anaphylaxis when students are on school excursions. These procedures should include staff knowing which students are at risk, taking anaphylaxis management plans and any prescribed medication on the excursion,  reinforcing the no sharing of food with all students attending, and making sure that food is not purchased and provided to students by staff and / or parent helpers

 

EMERGENCIES

  • In any event that a child with known anaphylaxis is suspected to be having a reaction, the anaphylaxis plan will be followed in accordance with the Anaphylaxis Guidelines for Victorian Government Schools.
  • In the event of a child not known to be anaphylactic having a reaction, an ambulance should be called immediately.
  • No child will be treated with an Epipen not specifically allocated to them, with the exception of under explicit instructions from the Ambulance Service, in which the backup epipen may be used.
  • Where an anaphylaxis has occurred, the child must not return to school until a replacement Epipen is made available by the parents.