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Individualized Health Care Plans
The Baldwinsville School nurses are committed to protecting the well being of our students, especially those with particular health needs. In keeping with the position of the National Association of School Nurses that students with relatively complex health condition have an individual care plan - we are pleased, and proud, to offer Individualized Health Care Plans. The Baldwinsville Nursing Team has worked on the creation of these plans for the past year and is now ready to implement them.
Individualized Health Care Plans helps to ensure that all necessary information, needs, and procedures are considered to maximize the student’s participation and performance at school. This includes assisting teachers, students and administration to adapt to a student’s health issues. Because of this commitment, it is important that the parent or guardian share certain confidential information about the student’s health condition. This information will be used to plan for the care and management of the student. It may be shared with those members of the school’s professional staff who have direct responsibility for the student when participating in school activities.
care plans were developed using current professional standards and include
input from the parent and medical provider, under the direction of the
school nurse. It is important that you notify the school nurse during
the school year of any changes in your child’s health status, medications
Carpenter MS, RN, FNP
Severe Allergic Reactions Call For Prompt Action
note: The following health column was written by Julie Carpenter, nurse
practitioner for the district.
When an allergy is extreme enough to cause a severe and potentially life-threatening reaction, it is called anaphylaxis. The symptoms can include difficulty breathing, coughing, hives, nausea or abdominal pain, drop in blood pressure and swelling or flushing of the lips, throat, tongue, hands and feet. Anaphylaxis can happen anytime, anywhere – at home, school or play.
Every school in our district has adults and children who are at risk for anaphylaxis. You would not be able to pick them out of a crowd.
Epinephrine injections (Epi pens) can be a life-saving measure, and time is of the essence in the administration of the Epi.
How can every student, staff member, friend, and human help?
the following basic measures:
The most common allergens include foods, insect stings or bites, latex, and medicine. The amount of exposure needed to cause anaphylaxis varies from person to person. Some people are extremely sensitive, and the mere smell of the allergen can be life threatening. There is no way to predict how quickly a reaction will develop or how mild (or severe) the reaction may be. A a result, all reactions need to be taken seriously.
The key to minimizing the reaction is to support avoidance of the allergen. Accidents do happen, so be prepared to step in and to initiate a call to the school nurse or 911 after school hours.
Be a pal -- and protect a life. For more information, contact the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network at the following web site: www.foodallergy.org