What dose of adrenaline auto-injector should schools obtain?

A number of different brands of AAIs are currently available in the UK, in different doses. Schools may wish to purchase the brand of AAI most commonly prescribed to its pupils, to reduce confusion and assist with training. The decision as to how many devices and which brands to purchase will depend on local circumstances, and is left to the discretion of the school. Schools may wish to seek appropriate medical advice when deciding which AAI device(s) are most appropriate.

Healthcare professionals prescribe AAIs according to each child’s individual weight. However, in the context of supplying schools with AAIs for emergency use (rather than for individuals), schools may wish to use the following guidance from the Department of Health:

For children age under 6 years:For children age 6-12 years:For teenagers age 12+ years:
• Epipen Junior (0.15 mg)
or
• Emerade 150 microgram
or
• Jext 150 microgram
• Epipen (0.3 milligram)
or
• Emerade 300 microgram
or
• Jext 300 microgram
• Epipen (0.3 milligram)
or
• Emerade 300 microgram
or
• Emerade 500 microgram
or
• Jext 300 microgram

NB: These age-based dose recommendations are consistent with the UK Resuscitation Council guideline for the management of anaphylaxis by healthcare professionals.

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