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Sep 25, 2013 5:18 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

C.C.I.S.D. Superintendent Meets with Medical Expert

CORPUS CHRISTI - C.C.I.S.D. officials are considering having extra EpiPens available on all campuses, after Cameron Espinosa's death a couple weeks ago.

This morning, Superintendent Scott Elliff met with a local allergist, Dr. Wesley Stafford, to discuss the possibility.

There are pros and cons to the practice.

The pros are simple. Having extra EpiPens available for students who don't know they're allergic can save lives. If a student suddenly starts having an allergic reaction, school staff would be prepared.

There are some cons as well.

First, any faculty member that may need to use one on a student would have to be properly trained on how to do so, because if they administered one incorrectly, it could harm the student.

For instance, if the student had an irregular heartbeat and a faculty member incorrectly diagnosed an allergic reaction, and gave the student an EpiPen, the extra adrenaline could cause serious harm to that student.

There's also a cost factor with this. Paying for training and EpiPens for 60 C.C.I.S.D. schools could add up down the line.

"I mean if we have 60 schools, and we want two or three sets of EpiPens available in each school, that's going to be four or five hundred dollars for each school and that's going to add up to some money," Dr. Stafford says.

The school district says they're considering that cost as part of their analysis and will decide whether or not to move forward with the plan at their next school board meeting on Oct. 14th.

Dr. Stafford says it's worth it.

"Even if it happens ten times in a year throughout the state of Texas, if we have EpiPens out there available for these schools, we may save a couple of lives and I think its worth it," Dr. Stafford says.


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