Thursday, June 2, 2016

Ontario Laws First Aid/ CPR

Ontario Laws First aid and CPR.

Sabrina Shannon DIED. School staff did not react properly during an allergic reaction along with the fact Shannon had her Epipen in her locker at the time caused lead to her death. Sabrina's Law was formed. School staff was then was required to have allergy training.

Ryan Gibbons DIED of an asthmatic reaction, the school principal kept taking, and locking up his inhaler, school staff did not react properly during his asthma attack. Ryan's Law was formed. Students now have a right to carry asthma medications, and staff are required to have training in asthma care, and schools required to have written asthma plans.

Rowan Stringer DIED after school staff did not recognize signs of concussion, or khow to treat it. Rowan's Law was formed, every school board is now required to have a concussion protocol. Ministry of Education is to provide funding to the school boards for first aid/ CPR training at each school.

In Halton (HDSB) the Ministry of Education Pays For:
3 full time employees for each elementary school
2 full time employees of secondary school
3 full time employees of each administrative facility

Waterloo District School Board Administrative Procedure 3150 FIRST AID

WSIB required every workplace in Ontario (schools are a workplace) to have employees with CPR/ Firstaid training. WSIB Requirements

CDA's Position on Students Living with Diabetes at School Canadian Diabetes Association

Allergy training in Canada has been a part of CPR/ First aid training, for over a decade with providers like Red Cross and St. John's Ambulance consulting groups like Anaphylaxis Canada and data on reactions/ responses.

See Also:
Not One CPR/ First Aid Trained Teacher At My Kids School

Carrying Containers for Auto-Injectors and Other Allergy Meds

I believe it should be the responsibility of parents/ guardians to provide medications that are not expired. The responsibility of students (when age/ abilities appropriate) to carry meds. The responsibility of schools to train staff enough staff. The responsibility of educators to be trained in first aid. The educators should have enough training in the needs of the students they educate.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Touch A Truck

I posted about Ambulance Tours it was an opportunity for us to get a tour of an ambulance, and ask questions at a local city event. I believe for many, ambulance tours are an opportunity to tour an ambulance, not during an emergency, and that this may ease concerns. This can relieve anxieties of what can happen when someone has an allergic reaction. It is also an opportunity to ask if your city ambulances (or city fire trucks) who carries epinephrine.

More communities are hosting Touch A Truck Events. Often ambulances are included in these Touch A Truck Events, so Ambulance Tours may be included. Nervous children with allergies, seizures, diabetes can all benefit.

I suggest looking at city websites to see if your city or community hosts one of these events, not all Touch A Truck events include ambulances.

Touch A Truck Buffalo, NY
Virgina Touch A Truck
Touch A Truck General Motors Centre, Oshawa
Touch A Truck Thousand Oaks, CA
Touch A Truck Event Grimsby
Touch A Truck Macon, Georgia
Touch A Truck New Orlean
Touch A Truck Starkville
Touch A Truck Dartmouth, MA

Allergy Community Events

Monday, May 2, 2016

Emergency Preparedness Week

Emergency Preparedness Week

Emergency Preparedness Week

Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is an annual event that takes place each year during the first full week of May. This national event is coordinated by Public Safety Canada, in close collaboration with the provinces and territories and partners. It is a time to think about how prepared we are for a flood, earthquake, snowstorm, power outage, fire.

Questions to ask within families:

Do we have several days worth of water on hand should an emergency happen?

Most suggest 72 hours non perishable food and water be available, should an emergency happen. Most people in allergy groups suggest four or five days of food on hand for each allergic person, finding safe food, may be an issue should a wide scale emergency happen.

If our city/ town needs to be evacuated where do family members meet?
Grandma's/ Aunt's house.

Does everybody in the house know where the flashlights/ batteries/ candles are?

Candles made from nuts, coconuts and corn. Do we have a car safety kit?

Do we have minimum of a week's supply of prescription medications
List of all prescription medications

List of emergency contacts
Sometimes we forget phone numbers with cellphone contact lists.

Are our emergency kits allergen free?

See Also:
EMS Week
May 17 - 23 Emergency Medical Services Week
Ambulance Tours

Friday, March 18, 2016

World Water Day

Tuesday, March 22
World Water Day 2016

As a gardener, I am a proud owner of a water barrel. I will attempt to grow heirloom beans from seeds for the first time this year. March being the month that contains World Water Day it is a time to think about water, conserving it, using it and keeping our water safe.

Using Corn Cobs To Filter Water
14-year-old wins Google Science Fair award with genius way to use corn cobs

Chemurgy and Allergens Posts:
Nutshells: (mostly walnut shells)
Water Filtration System That Contain Nutshells
Shrimp Shells:
Clean Water With Shrimp Shells
Coconut Shells:
Water Filters Made From Coconuts

From UN World Water Day
"World Water Day is an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference. World Water Day dates back to the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development where an international observance for water was recommended. The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day. It has been held annually since then. Each year, UN-Water — the entity that coordinates the UN’s work on water and sanitation — sets a theme for World Water Day corresponding to a current or future challenge. The engagement campaign is coordinated by one or several of the UN-Water Members with a related mandate."

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Pharmaceutical Grade Lactose in Medications

Pharmaceutical grade lactose can contain small amounts of milk protein, this may be a problem for some milk allergic individuals. Here are some examples of pharmaceutical grade lactose products that are being used in medications:

Lactose Names In Medications:
Anhydrous Lactose
What is Anhydrous Lactose
Anhydrous lactose is often found as an inactive ingredient in different medications. It can be used as a filler to help increase the size of a capsule or tablet; it can also be added to dry powder inhalers to help propel the medications. Anhydrous lactose is particularly useful because it contains no water, which means that it will not react with medications that are sensitive to moisture. Anhydrous lactose may also be used as a coating for pills because of its mildly sweet taste.

Dry Milk Powder
Dry Milk Powders and spray dried lactose are mostly found in inhalers.
Inhalers With Milk Protein in Them (Chemurgy and Allergens post)

FlowLac 100
FlowLac 100
The product FlowLac® is produced by spray-drying a suspension of fine milled alpha-lactose monohydrate crystals in a solution of lactose. When lactose in solution is spray-dried, a rapid removal of water is taking place, whereby amorphous, non-crystalline lactose is formed in addition to crystalline lactose. Based on the amorphous content, kept on a stable level, non-varying better tabletting properties can be reached.

Lactose Anhydrous
Lactose Spray-Dried
Lactose Monohydrate
Lactose Monohydrate Impalpable
Lactose Hydrous
Lactose Anhydrous
Lactose Anhydrous Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)
Lactose (C12H22O11) is milk sugar. It is a disaccharide composed of one galactose and one glucose molecule. In the pharmaceutical industry, lactose is used to help form tablets because it has excellent compressibility properties. It is also used to form a diluent powder for dry-powder inhalations. Lactose may be listed as lactose hydrous, lactose anhydrous, lactose monohydrate, or lactose spray-dried

Lactopress Anhydrous Crystals
DOMO (Now DFE Pharma) offers a wide range of anhydrous lactose products which includes lactopress anhydrous crystals. It is well suited for formulations containing moisture sensitive drugs, due to the absence of crystal water.

Tablettose, especially designed for Direct-Compression, combines the flowability of coarse lactose crystals and the good compressibility of fine milled lactose

Recaldent (made From milk protein)
Recaldent is used in chewing gum, oral care products both over the counter and products used by dentists, in a dental office.
Chemurgy post: Dairy in Oral Care Products

More Information From Avoiding Milk Protein:
Non Food Products That Contain Milk
Allergens in Drugs, Over-the-Counter Medications and Treatments

Chemurgy and Allergen Posts:
Vaccines That Contain Dairy
Inhalers With Milk Protein in Them
Dairy in Oral Care Products