His daughter might be alive if not for school-nurse cuts

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    Sixth-grader Laporshia Massey died from asthma complications, according to her father, who says he rushed her to the emergency room soon after she got home from school on the afternoon of Sept. 25.
    He says Laporshia had begun to feel ill earlier that day at Bryant Elementary School, where a nurse is on staff only two days a week. This day was not one of those days.

    Daniel Burch, Laporshia’s father, is angry and wants to know whether Philadelphia’s resource-starved school district failed to save his daughter’s life.

    “If she had problems throughout the day, why … didn’t [the school] call me sooner?” asks Burch....

    http://citypaper.net/article.php?He-...rse-cuts-16461
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    Unfortunately the presence of a school Nurse doesn't necessarily mean their asthma is going to treated any differently
    Nurse refuses student inhaler during asthma attack | News - Home
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    Quote from MunoRN
    Unfortunately the presence of a school Nurse doesn't necessarily mean their asthma is going to treated any differently
    Nurse refuses student inhaler during asthma attack | News - Home
    Of course that nurse was wrong. Period.
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    I don't think a school nurse would've changed the outcome. According to the article, the school called the girl's father and his fiance, and the girl was saying "I can't breathe," yet neither decided to pick her up. If they didn't think it was urgent when a teacher tells them their daughter can't breathe, why would they listen to the school nurse? Kids with asthma can compensate very well until they crash.
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    Do you not recall, Muno, that this case involved the student’s unauthorized possession of prescription medication in school with no actual asthma attack taking place? I’m sure the following thread will refresh your memory:

    http://allnurses.com/nursing-news/school-nurse-incident-714584.html

    From the thread:

    I don't understand for what the nurse needs to be held accountable.

    She refused to administer medication that she had no authorization for, to a student who didn't need it, while awaiting the arrival of the mother who failed to provide the necessary paperwork, and who did not seek emergency care for her own boy, after berating the nurse for not doing the same thing, all under the watchful eye of the principal.
    911 is for emergencies, not parental placation.

    Last edit by Jolie on Oct 16, '13 : Reason: format


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