Training in Use and Storage of Epinephrine Auto-Injector
In 1998, Utah’s Governor signed the Emergency Injection for Anaphylactic Reaction Act. This act allows qualified adults to have access to and administer an emergency epinephrine auto injector to any person exhibiting potentially life-threatening symptoms of anaphylaxis when a physician is not immediately available.
In 2015 the act was amended, requiring the Utah Department of Health to approve training for individuals over the age of 18 who demonstrate a need for the training to the department. This need may be based upon occupational, volunteer, or family circumstances. This may include camp counselors, scout leaders, forest rangers, tour guides, or other adults who reasonably expect to have contact with at least one other person as a result of the qualified adult’s occupational or volunteer status.
The training shall include:
• Techniques for recognizing life-threatening symptoms of anaphylaxis;
• Standards and procedures for the proper administration and storage of an epinephrine auto-injector;
• Emergency follow-up procedures, including calling 9-1-1;
• Proper disposal of an epinephrine auto-injector; and
• Written materials covering the information.
Approved trainings include the Red Cross or American Heart Association epinephrine auto-injector modules, and EMS professional licensing courses. Other training must be approved by the department. Individuals who wish to provide training may contact Jim Hansen at firstname.lastname@example.org (801-273-6628).
The Utah Department of Health has determined that the annual refresher course requirement may be waived if the qualified entities or qualified adults are currently licensed at the EMR or higher level by the state of Utah.
This act provides immunity from liability for a qualified adult who is acting in good faith and adheres to the approved training. It also protects prescribers or authorized dispensers of the epinephrine auto-injector, people who are conducting approved training, and qualified entities.