Potentially Life-Saving Measure for Students Becomes Law
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- An 8th district representative's push to make a potentially life-saving measure for students who suffer from epileptic seizure a law, has paid off.
Rep. Brad Klippert introduced House Bill 1541 after a constituent requested he consider sponsoring legislation that would allow a trained person at schools to administer nasal spray medication to students.
"When I met this parent she informed me that her son had been diagnosed with epilepsy and suffered from epileptic seizures. And, while there is an antiepileptic drug that when administered quickly by nasal spray can help stop a seizure and help prevent brain damage, only a school nurse has the authority to administer this medication under current state law," said Klippert, R-Kennewick. "The concern was if there is not a school nurse present they must call for the nurse or dial 911. Meanwhile, a child's life may be a stake and every second counts when we are talking about seizures."
The new law would affect many epileptic children in Washington, but it applies to all nasal spray medications, including those for allergies.