09/02/2015 15:02 EDT | Updated 09/02/2016 01:12 EDT

Nurse sets up easy access auto injectors to help with severe allergic reactions

SUSSEX, N.B. — A nurse practitioner says she hopes to prevent needless deaths from severe allergic reactions by installing publicly accessible auto injectors of epinephrine in prominent locations in Sussex, N.B.

Kelly Dunfield has already arranged for the installation of 30 cabinets with two auto injectors of the medicine — one for a child and one for an adult — in locations ranging from golf courses to fire stations.

She says the program was inspired by the increasing use of publicly accessible defibrillators, which have saved the lives of people who suffer sudden heart attacks in public locations.

Dunfield says she wants to help prevent deaths by anaphylaxis like the one that took the life of 14-year-old Caroline Lorette, who died last year in Rothesay, N.B., from a reaction to a dairy product.

She says some people with severe allergies may forget their auto injectors at home or may not purchase an injector due to financial constraints.

She says so far nobody in the community of 35,000 has had to use one of the Allerject units.



The Canadian Press