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Parent's Perception of Food Allergy Management in Schools
Sunday, March 6, 2016: 4:45 PM
Concourse Foyer (Convention Center)
Jaime Ross, RN, MSN, Jennifer Fishman, RN, BSN, Sally A. Noone, RN MSN, Beth D. Strong, RN CCRC, Zara Atal, Carly Ehritz, RN, MSN, Jessica Gau, NP CRC, Julie Wang, MD FAAAAI
Rationale: Children with food allergies spend much of their day in school. This study examined parental reports of food allergy management in schools.

Methods: An anonymous written survey was distributed to families in our food allergy practice.

Results: Sixty surveys were returned. Thirty-two percent report that their child has had an allergic reaction at school. The majority of the reactions happened in the classroom (67%) and the cafeteria (47%). Of these reactions, 40% were from food provided by the school. None of the children received epinephrine for the allergic reaction. The reactions were treated by the nurse (53%), student (13%), and school staff (13%). An emergency allergy action plan was provided by 83% of parents to the school. 47% of parents reported feeling very confident, 30% fairly confident and 23% somewhat confident in the precautions taken by the school.

Conclusions: Allergic reactions happen in schools. While one third of the children have had allergic reactions at school, the majority of families are confident that schools are taking adequate precautions to protect their children from reactions. Continued education for families and school staff will assure safety of food allergic children in the school setting; as well as improved parental confidence in the school’s ability to manage food allergies and reactions.