HELP Pink Eye Question

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    Hi I have a question regarding students with Pink Eye. People at my school are questioning policy but we don't have a policy specifically for this. I have a student that I suspect has Pink Eye. At our district, if we suspect pink eye she must send them home to be seen by a doctor and the child cannot return until the doc releases them or they are under tx. This particular student cannot be picked bc the parents are both at work and cannot find anyone else to pick them up. Someone told me (another nurse) to just let the student go back to class.... but I've seen other nurses keep the child in their clinic with class work because since they suspect pink eye which is very contagious, they will not allow the student to go back into the classroom and possibly infect other students. I want to know how yall handle this in your clinics. In my eyes, I am thinking about the possible infection of other kids in the class. But other nurses are telling me to just send them back, like whatever. any advice???

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  2. 12 Comments...

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    i don't work ina school but I think you are right. Pink eye is highly contagious. why on earth would they take the chance and send the child back to class?
    T.H.R.N. likes this.
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    How old is your student? My general rule of thumb is if its contagious enough to send kid home, they stick with me and get schoolwork until they can be picked up.

    Then I clean my office after they leave .
    T.H.R.N. and loriangel14 like this.
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    the child is 7 years old. I feel like i should ask the teacher "how would you feel if the school nurse at your child's school sent a child with possible pink eye back into their classroom and your child ended up getting pink eye?? how upset would you be then".....
    T.H.R.N. and loriangel14 like this.
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    If a student meets the criteria for exclusion and cannot be picked up, I will keep them in the clinic in order to protect the other students from exposure. Keep in mind this is after I have exhausted all avenues of having them picked up (grandma, aunt, sister, babysitter, etc.)

    I am currently at a middle school and I have had parents say to let them walk home. I then have the parent speak to an administrator and get their approval. This never happened at the elementary level, so I was surprised when it happened here.
    T.H.R.N. likes this.
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    nightie-night nurse, I have plenty of parents let their middle school kids walk home; there is no busing after 6th grade and so many parents don't have many other options of others that can pick their child up. If child is not incredibly ill and the parents writes me an email so I have permission in writing, the student can sign out and leave.

    I did this yesterday with an 8th grader with suspected pink eye, actually .
    T.H.R.N. likes this.
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    "My general rule of thumb is if its contagious enough to send kid home, they stick with me and get schoolwork until they can be picked up."

    THIS. Frankly, I'd be very surprised if the teacher doesn't throw a huge fit when you send suspected pink eye back to his/her class (because *I* would!)
    loriangel14 and T.H.R.N. like this.
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    If the student needs to be sent home because he's turbo-contagious, why in the world would it be ok to send him back to class? The logic those other nurses see in this totally escapes me!
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    Pinkeye has several forms, and it has to spread by hand contact. Sending the child back to class, if they wash their hands is not an issue.
    Also, many schools do not exclude for conjunctivitis. It is usually viral, and self limiting. It is most often caused by the same virus that causes the common cold. Since we don't exclude for common colds, my district does not exclude for this, either. If the child can be trusted to use good hand technique, isn't too itchy/uncomfortable, we don't send them home.
    Jsm65, NutmeggeRN, and kenderella89 like this.
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    If they will wash their hands, it is not airborne illness. They are NOT "turbocontagious". Not everyone even requires treatment.
    kenderella89 and Massmagic like this.

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