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ERIC Number: EJ990813
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1059-8405
An Intervention to Increase High School Students' Compliance with Carrying Auto-Injectable Epinephrine: A MASNRN Study
Spina, Jennifer L.; McIntyre, C. Lynne; Pulcini, Joyce A.
Journal of School Nursing, v28 n3 p230-237 Jun 2012
Adolescents with life-threatening allergies are at a greater risk for a fatal anaphylactic event since only about half of them carry unexpired epinephrine available for emergency use. The aim of this study was to test the effectiveness of school nurse interventions that consisted of either routine or periodic checks during the school year for the availability of unexpired auto-injectable epinephrine. Seventy-seven students from 11 Massachusetts high schools participated in this study. Descriptive and chi-square (X[superscript 2]) statistics as well as the Fisher's exact test were used to analyze data. Findings suggest that while periodic checks for the availability of epinephrine throughout the school year do not increase the likelihood that students will have epinephrine available, those students who do carry their epinephrine are more likely to have unexpired medication with periodic reminders during the school year. (Contains 5 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts