House unanimously approves Klippert legislation allowing school employees to administer nasal spray

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House unanimously approves Klippert legislation allowing school employees to administer nasal spray

Last year, a constituent came to Rep. Brad Klippert requesting he consider sponsoring legislation that would allow a trained person at schools to administer nasal spray medication to students. It may seem like an odd request, but for this constituent it is potentially a life-saving one for her son.

“This parent informed me that her son suffers from epileptic seizures. Delivering an antiepileptic drug quickly by nasal spray can help stop a seizure, and help prevent brain damage. Under current state law, if an incident occurs at school, only a nurse has the authority to administer this rescue medication,” said Klippert, R-Kennewick.

“That means if there is not a school nurse present they must call for the nurse or call 911 and wait while a child's life may be a stake. Minutes count when we are talking about seizures. Children can suffer brain damage or possibly even death.”

As a result of this constituent meeting, Klippert introduced House Bill 1541, which allows any trained person to administer nasal spray medications to students. The bill passed the House of Representatives unanimously on Tuesday. It is now headed to the Senate for consideration.

The law would affect many epileptic children in Washington, but it applies to all nasal spray medications, including those for allergies.

The Legislature is scheduled to adjourn the regular session on April 28.

 

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