Wheeling Hospital is working to ensure the safety of children in local schools by providing schools with EpiPens to treat severe allergic reactions.
The hospital is giving out two EpiPens to each of the 23 high schools.
The EpiPens will help school personnel be better prepared for allergic reactions, especially severe ones which can be fatal if left untreated.
“Anaphylaxis shock can happen in a matter of minutes which may not permit you to get to a hospital or a facility quick enough, Wheeling Hospital Medical Director Dr.Shawn Stern said.
Dr. Stern says symptoms can occur suddenly and range anywhere from a strange feeling, to trouble breathing, to hives.
The Linsly School was one of the first schools to receive the EpiPens Wednesday.
The staff at Linsly says they are thrilled about this donation because it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
“This is not only good for our students who already have known allergies, but often students will have their first incident while their in school,” Linsly School Nurse Katie Campsey said. “They might eat something or encountered something that causes a reaction and so to have these here and to be able to treat them right away is perfect.”
Schools receiving EpiPens include: Wheeling Park, Wheeling Central Catholic, The Linsly School, Martins Ferry, Bridgeport, Bellaire, St.John Central, Shadyside, St. Clairsville, East Richland Christian, Union Local, Barnesville, Olney Friends, Bishop Donahue, John Marshall, Cameron, Brooke, River, Monroe Central, Beallsville, Magnolia, Harrison Central, and Buckeye Local.