I am about to write a letter to our principle or maybe higher level administration, but I want to make sure I have a valid concern.
Preface--My 3rd grader has very well controlled asthma but I have a rescue inhaler at the school just in case. Last year when I went to pick up his meds the health aid could not find them. After 10 minutes of searching she found it in a field trip backpack. When I expressed concern she dismissed the incident saying that they would have "found it eventually" if my son had needed it. I considered addressing this problem last year, but let it go as a one time oversight.
Today I went to pick up his inhaler from the health room and luckily this time she was able to immediately locate it. When we were going over the paperwork it indicated that my son had used the inhaler on two occasions. When I checked the dose counter it was on 60 which is the first number. Then I realized that she had never primed the inhaler before administrating it. When I brought this to her attention she seemed shocked. She said no one ever told them that inhalers must be primed. I was very polite and took the time to show her the directions on the box that state the inhaler must be primed down to 60 before the first use and then primed again if it is unused for more than two weeks.
To me this seems like basic medicine administration which would be covered in a MAT course. Am I wrong? I know my kid is not the only one with an inhaler so it seems like lots of kids are probably getting incorrect doses from improperly primed inhalers. Between this incident and the one last year (as well as more minor problems through the year) I'm really questioning the training the health aids are receiving.