RESCUE is a program that provides equipment used for asthma emergencies to school nurses who treat children with asthma and allergies, and whose schools are in our six-county service area: St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jefferson, St. Charles, Madison (IL) or St. Clair (IL). Schools served by RESCUE typically have a free and reduced lunch percentage of 25% or greater. If your school does not meet this requirement, we encourage you to apply and explain the circumstances that prevent you from purchasing emergency asthma equipment through your school’s budget.
What is covered by RESCUE?
The following equipment may be requested once per calendar year:
- Nebulizers and attachments (1 for every 500 students with asthma)
- Peak flow meters (1 for every 50 students with asthma)
- Spacers (1 for every 50 students with asthma)
- Nebulizer tubing kits (1 for every 50 students with asthma)
Please Note: The equipment provided by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, St. Louis Chapter (AAFA-STL) is for use during asthma emergencies and is NOT a substitution for children’s asthma equipment for scheduled daily treatments.
School Nurse Requirements:
- Keep a log that tracks how frequently the equipment is used (and purposes for usage)
- Complete a brief survey emailed by AAFA-STL
- Fax, mail or email the log and survey no later than June 1 to the AAFA-STL office
What else can AAFA-STL provide for my school?
AAFA-STL can provide community outreach, education and in-service programs to school personnel (nurses, teachers, administrators, and/or parent groups) to help them care for and treat children with asthma. Programs can be tailored to meet the needs of the school.
School Nurses can now stock Albuterol in case of emergencies!
Since Missouri House Bill 1188 was passed in 2012, schools are now able to maintain a supply of asthma-related rescue medications. Our community partner, Beverly Hills Pharmacy, has generously agreed to supply schools located in the Missouri counties of St. Louis City and St. Louis County with their first round of Albuterol solution for nebulizers.
How can my school get Albuterol?
Step 1: Is my school eligible for a free first round of Albuterol provided by Beverly Hills Pharmacy (BHP)?
Is your school located within St. Louis City or St. Louis County in Missouri or St. Clair or Madison Counties in Illinois?
IF YES- please move on to step 2 IF NO– Although you are not within St. Louis City or Countyin Missouri or St. Clair or Madison Counties in Illinois, you are still able to fill your prescription at Beverly Hills Pharmacy or any local pharmacy with a minimal cost.
- You will first need to request the Albuterol solution by having your school’s Medical Director (i.e., a licensed physician, a physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner) get your Albuterol prescription to Beverly Hills Pharmacy or another local pharmacy. If you do not have a Medical Director, please see Step 2.
- If your school does not have a nebulizer or other asthma equipment, please fill out the RESCUE Application
Step 2: Does my school have a Medical Director?
IF YES- please move on to step 3
IF NO- There are a couple of resources if you do not have a medical director.
- Dr. Jim Wedner has graciously offered his assistance to write standing orders for albuterol and/or epinephrine to any school without a Medical Director. To take advantage of this service, please fax this form to Dr. Wedner to 314.996.3099.
- For districts wanting prescriptions along with standing orders and comprehensive medical director services, Dr. David Campbell’s office at the Institute for Family Medicine can discuss available options. Call (314-833-4030) or email Dr. Campbell (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Once you have received confirmation of your request and a prescription for albuterol and/or epinephrine, please move on to Step 3 or fill at your local pharmacy.
Step 3: My school is in St. Louis City or County in Missouri or St. Clair or Madison Counties in Illinois; how do I get my school’s free first round of Albuterol?
- Request Albuterol solution by having your medical director (i.e., a licensed physician, a physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner) get your Albuterol prescription to Beverly Hills Pharmacy (Phone: 314.381.8600 or Fax: 314.381.6844)
- If your school does not have a nebulizer or other asthma equipment and needs financial assistance to obtain this equipment, please fill out the RESCUE Application
School Nurses Can Also Stock Epinephrine!
Through the Epipen4Schools Program, schools are now able to receive their own EpiPens. Once you have your school’s EpiPen, be sure to let staff and teachers know where it is stored in case of an emergency.