Summary of the Committee Version of the Bill
HB 1188 -- SCHOOL NURSE ADMINISTRATION OF ASTHMA RESCUE
COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "do pass by consent" by the Committee on
Health Care Policy by a vote of 9 to 0.
This bill establishes procedures under which a school nurse may
administer asthma-related rescue medications. A school board may
authorize a licensed nurse employee to maintain a supply of
medication and to determine how much medication should be
maintained. For prescription purposes, the district must be
designated as the patient and the nurse’s name will be required.
The nurse or another employee trained and supervised by the nurse
has the discretion to administer the medication to any student
whom the nurse or employee believes is having a life-threatening
asthma episode. Existing law providing immunity from civil
liability for trained employees administering lifesaving methods
applies to the employee administering asthma medication under
FISCAL NOTE: No impact on state funds in FY 2013, FY 2014, and
PROPONENTS: Supporters say that the bill will help in a life
threatening episode in a school in the case of an asthma-related
emergency by allowing a nurse or other trained employee to
provide an asthma rescue treatment via an inhaler or a nebulizer.
If schools had asthma rescue medicine, such as Albuterol on site,
a nurse caring for a student having an asthma attack could treat
the student and save that child from a trip to a hospital.
Having an asthma rescue drug is similar to having a defibulator
or an epinephrin pen at the school. The bill provides assurance
and a safety net for children with asthma and adds a layer of
protection for saving a life and preventing severe health
outcomes for untreated asthma attacks. One in 15 children in St.
Louis has asthma, which is three times the national average. The
number one reason children are admitted to emergency rooms and hospitals
is an asthma-related incident.
Testifying for the bill were Representative Allen; Joy Krieger,
Asthma and Allergy Foundation, St. Louis Chapter; Alishia
LaPorte; Dr. William Kincaid; American Lung Association Gulf-Plains
Region; Lisa Meadows; and Barbara Heger.
OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.
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