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Lock on Refrigerator at High School?


Specializes in Ortho, Neuro, Trauma, Clinic, School. Has 31 years experience.

I had a noncompliant diabetic student accuse someone of taking her insulin. This student consistently cheats on writing the correct blood sugar number down and has to be watched, runs high alot, misses appts, eats food in class, etc. So a retired nurse sub thinks it's a great idea to put a lock on my refrigerator. I don't b/c I have had no other incidents and the parent believes the student left it at home. Also I have 8 diabetics and I have emergencies outside and I don't want to tie up another student with not having the key. So what do you do at your school? Any thoughts or ideas?

Jolie, BSN

Specializes in Maternal - Child Health. Has 35 years experience.

No locks on any refrigerators in our district.

Each health office has a refrig. Each office must either be occupied by the nurse, health assistant or secretary, or the door is locked, so the meds in the refrig are never readily accessible to students or general staff.

All of the above have keys.

The med cabinet within the health room is kept locked. I realize this is a bit inconsistent, however the meds which are kept in the refrig are substantially less likely to be diverted or abused (insulin, antibiotics) than those kept in the cabinet (ADD drugs, etc.)

Edited by Jolie

we keep all refrigerated meds in a locked fridge; one other person has the key if I am unavailable