University of New Hampshire Hospitality Services has been awarded funding through the College & University Matching Funds Program for the project, “Epinephrine Auto-Injectors in Dining Halls.” This project was made possible through a grant from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).
In 2015 the state of New Hampshire brought into law Senate Bill (SB) 194 and guidance was provided by the NH Department of Health and Human Services to post-secondary educational institutions for policy development in accordance with this bill – for the emergency administration of epinephrine by trained personnel to a member of the campus community for anaphylaxis when a licensed campus medical professional is not available.
Hospitality Services at the University of New Hampshire chose to be an active participant in this for ease of access of emergency epinephrine. While local emergency medical personnel carry epinephrine auto-injectors in ambulances, UNH Hospitality worked in collaboration with campus Health Services to create a department policy to implement this program for the three dining halls and to purchase epinephrine auto-injectors for quicker access to epinephrine in case of a food- allergic emergency. This program has been in place since summer, 2016. The grant funding assists with the cost of annual renewal of the medication. Follow the link for additional information about FARE: www.foodallergy.org.