Letter: Emergency training
I am writing in opposition to the law passed against training nonlicensed medical professionals in Massachusetts schools to administer the glucagon injection. Glucagon is an emergency medication given to an individual experiencing severe hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) when they cannot take sugar orally. If a child were in need of a glucagon injection, they require treatment immediately, as in the instance of someone who is allergic to bees and gets stung. To prevent an anaphylactic reaction, anyone can take an epinephrine shot off of that person and deliver it to save their life. In fact, family and friends are trained to give this injection, just as in the case of glucagon. Both the Epi-pen and the glucagon injection are both vital tools in saving a life. It doesn’t make sense that one of these treatments can be administered freely by non-licensed professionals and one cannot. Such an essential treatment shouldn’t be held away from teachers to use when these individuals are just as capable as anyone with a medical degree to inject a needle into someone’s leg to save a life. Teachers and staff in schools should be taught to use this life-saving tool as this falls under the ethical principle of beneficence, or to do good for an individual. To practice beneficence is to save another’s life when intellectually and physically capable of doing so. Beneficence expresses children’s right and will to live with this fluctuating and unpredictable disease. In allowing non-licensed individuals in schools the proper training and access to glucagon, numerous lives wouldn’t be thrown into the hands of time due to waiting for the school nurse (if there is one) or the ambulance to arrive to administer this simple necessity. Trying to save a child’s life should never be against the law.