The 26th Alaska State Legislature, 2009 - 2010||
Sponsor Statement: House Bill 277
Emergency Use Of Epinephrine
“Requiring the Department of Health and Social Services to adopt standards for the approval of and to approve certain training programs relating to the possession of epinephrine and the administration of epinephrine in emergency situations; and authorizing certain individuals to obtain a prescription for epinephrine, purchase epinephrine, and administer epinephrine in emergency situations.”
Posted: January 28, 2010
Bill Version: CSHB 277(HSS)
Status: Chapter 52 SLA 10 : 2010-06-09
House Bill 277 establishes a program to certify certain individuals to administer epinephrine.
Epinephrine (adrenalin) is used to combat severe allergic reactions, anaphylactic shock and heart attacks. It is administered using an auto-injector or "epi pen." House Bill 277 outlines the necessary training and certification to possess and administer epinephrine in certain situations. This is a preemptive and preventive measure rather than a reaction to any specific incident.
We have a large number of outdoor programs for youth within our state. Alaskans enjoy a vast array of opportunities to enjoy our abundant wilderness. Counselors and guides are responsible for maintaining our youth's safety while on these expeditions or outings. An epi pen utilized in the right situation can be the difference between life and death for a victim of an allergic reaction. In these situations, a guide or counselor is personally liable for administering epinephrine.
This bill will formalize training and authorization for youth leaders to administer epinephrine in emergency wilderness situations.