Gleason Clinic Provider, Tanya Arnold, FNP-BC recently spoke to the Weakley County School Nurses about proper Epipen usage. Tanya provided them with detailed information and instruction regarding the use of Epipens.

EpiPens are used for the injection of epinephrine, the first-line treatment for life-threatening allergic reactions, some of which include hives, redness of the skin, tightness in the throat, breathing problems and/or a decrease in blood pressure. A life-threatening allergic reaction can be caused by triggers such as food, stinging and biting insects, medicines or latex.

You never know when a life-threatening allergic reaction will occur, especially in a school environment that is host to a number of children as well as potential allergic reaction triggers.  That is one of the key reasons Gleason Clinic coordinated with the Sadie Saves Charity Organization to provide this service to the Weakley County Schools and help protect the children within our community.

The Sadie Saves Charity Organization donated Epipens to all the Weakley County Schools in line with their mission to help save lives with devices like EpiPens and AED machines (Automated External Defibrillator) by using money from donations to buy devices, equipment and training for area emergency services and individuals in need. The Charity was created to honor Sadie Cook who passed away suddenly on November 7, 2010 from a bronchial asthma attack that was most likely triggered by an allergy.

The Gleason Clinic is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. It is located at 105 North Cedar Street. Call 731-648-5634 for more information.

McKenzie Medical Center is located at 205 Hospital Drive, McKenzie. It is open Monday-Friday 7:30a.m.-7:00p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. It has three satellite clinics: the Dresden Specialty Clinic located at 136 South Wilson Street, Dresden 731-364-4900; the Bruceton Clinic located at 123 Maple Street, Bruceton 731-586-4800; and the Gleason Clinic located at 105 North Cedar Street, Gleason 731-648-5634.

 

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(Pictured Jan Finch, Sadie Saves Organization, Tanya Arnold, FNP-BC, Tammy Collins, LPN, Gleason School Nurse)