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Furman installs epinephrine kits

Eleven Anaphylaxis Emergency Kits (AEKs) on campus will dramatically improve the university's ability to respond to the rising threat of anaphylactic shock.

“Twenty-five percent of people who suffer from life-threatening allergies don’t know it, and those who do often engage in risky behavior by not carrying their prescribed epinephrine auto-injectors,” reports Cindy Landrum of the Greenville Journal. Anaphylactic shock is a severe allergic reaction in which the immune system releases chemicals that can potentially choke airways and stop the heart.

In an effort to quickly respond to the reaction, Furman has installed Anaphylaxis Emergency Kits (AEKs) on campus through a partnership between Furman’s Institute for the Advancement of Community Health and LifeReach, the company providing the AEKs. Landrum explains why the addition of the kits and special training could mean the difference between life and death for Furman students, faculty, staff and visitors.

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