School Nurse R.E.S.C.U.E. Program
Resources for Every School Confronting Unexpected Emergencies
What is the School Nurse R.E.S.C.U.E. Program?
- R.E.S.C.U.E. is a program that provides equipment used for asthma emergencies to school nurses who treat children with asthma and allergies in the school setting and whose schools fall in one of the following Missouri/Illinois counties: St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jefferson St. Charles, Madison (IL), or St. Clair (IL).
What is covered by the R.E.S.C.U.E. Program?
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)
The equipment provided by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, St. Louis Chapter (AAFA-STL) is for the use during asthma emergencies and is not a substitution for children’s asthma equipment for scheduled daily treatments. If you know of specific children that have difficulty providing their own spacers, tubing kits, etc., please fill out a Project Concern Application for that child.
What do I need to do in return?
AAFA requires that school nurses to:
- keep a log that tracks how frequently the equipment is used and for what purposes it is used, and
- complete a brief survey emailed by AAFA.
What else can AAFA provide to my school?
AAFA can provide community outreach, education and in-service programs to school personnel (nurses, teachers, administrator, 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.
What is the next step?
- For school nurses in need of asthma equipment/durables please download the application and submit online by pressing the purple button on the right-hand side of the screen: School Nurse Equipment Application
- To request a community outreach program at your school, go here.
- For any other request for information, please contact the AAFA at (314) 645-2422 or email us at email@example.com
New! 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 at the school. In partnership with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America – St. Louis chapter (AAFA-STL), Beverly Hills Pharmacy (BHP) 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?
IF YES- please move on to step 2
IF NO- Although you are not within St. Louis City or County, 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 BHP or other local pharmacy and then arrange to pick up the medicine from BHP. If you do not have a Medical Director, please see Step 2. Beverly Hills Pharmacy is located at 7150 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, MO 63121. Phone: 314-381-8600, Fax: 314-381-6844
- You can help AAFA-STL by tracking how and why your stock albuterol was used. (We are always looking for ways to show that there is a need out there!) Submit this log to AAFA-STL on Nov 1, Mar 1, and June 1 by: fax (314) 645-2022; by mail to 1500 S. Big Bend, Suite 1S, St. Louis, MO 63117; or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. We can send you emails to remind you if you are eager to help us out!
- If your school does not have a nebulizer or other asthma equipment, please fill out the Project Concern for School Nurses application
Step 2: Does my school have a Medical Director?
IF YES- please move on to step 3
IF NO- Please Fax this form to Dr. H. James Wedner as he has graciously offered his assistance to any school without a Medical Director. 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, 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. Beverly Hills Pharmacy is located at 7150 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, MO 63121. Phone: 314-381-8600, Fax: 314-381-6844
- Sign and fax this School Nurse albuterol agreement to AAFA-STL (schools will not be able to get Albuterol without signing this form).
- AAFA-STL will enroll school in program with BHP
- Arrange for pickup at BHP
- Keep a log that tracks how frequently the medicine is used and for what purposes it is used. This log and survey must submitted to AAFA-STL on Nov 1, Mar 1, and June 1 by: fax (314) 645-2022; by mail to 1500 S. Big Bend, Suite 1S, St. Louis, MO 63117; or by email email@example.com. We will email you a reminder prior to each deadline.
- If your school does not have a nebulizer or other asthma equipment, please fill out the Project Concern for School Nurses application (See Below)
School Nurses Can Get 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 kept in case of emergencies.