New Law Allows Bus Drivers to Save Your Child’s Life
The school buses will be back on valley roads in a couple of weeks and parents can feel a bit better with a new law giving bus drivers the chance to help in an emergency.
We know that more and more children have an allergic reaction to something, be it peanuts or some other food. Even a bee sting can be fatal. What happens if a child has an allergic reaction while on the school bus? The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that up until now it was a problem, but on Monday Governor Cuomo changed things.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law Monday that will allow school bus drivers to give passengers having an allergic reaction the drug.
In the past a bus driver would have to wait for the ambulance or other emergency personnel to come and save the child. Seconds count when breathing is restricted after and allergic reaction. This could be life or death. Now bus drivers can administer Ephedrine.
Ephedrine is adrenaline and it works quickly to reduce swelling during an allergic reaction. Often times it is administered with the Epipen, which has be publicly criticized because of how much it costs. The important thing is that our local bus drivers will actually be able to save a child's life if they have a serious allergic reaction while in transit.