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cmh1118 BSN

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cmh1118 has 16 years experience as a BSN and specializes in pediatrics/school nursing.

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  1. cmh1118

    Are you calling 911?

    Thank you, this is a wonderful response. I appreciate you sharing about the malpractice/liability standpoint. That makes a great point about medical presence and EMS transport. I think in the heat of the moment we thought, OK she literally just declined while Mom is right here, it will take an ambulance minutes to show up, the hospital is just right down the street, etc. I totally understand it could have gone bad on the drive there and luckily didn't. I think it was more of "I'm here, I'll accompany her if you'd like" and Mom jumped at it. Looking back is when we thought of all the "what if....."s . Hindsight is of course 2020. I appreciate the reply and it definitely was a learning moment.
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    Are you calling 911?

    Thank you so much for your response and reassurance. I was thinking that myself, about the status dramaticus once Mom showed up. No tripod position, honestly she was just laying down quietly and looked peaceful for the most part. It would just dip when she didn't take some deep breaths, and as soon as she did it would jump back up into high 90's. I appreciate the reply!
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    Are you calling 911?

    Thanks for the assurance. No blue lips, no labored breathing. It definitely did improve her O2% when I made her take deep breaths. It never stayed low, only when she stopped the deep breathing.
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    Are you calling 911?

    9 year old female presents with chills, states "I have breathing problems" No medical history on file, no medications at school. When asked if she has asthma, both her AND MOM say "I don't know". Mom is on the way and the hospital is literally 3 minutes down the road from school. Her pulse ox sat at 95-98% and every 2-3 minutes it would decrease to 90-93% for maybe 10 seconds, then jump back up to 95-98%. At one point the pulse ox read 78% but I'm pretty sure that was a machine error because it immediately jumped back to 94%. Not even two minutes before Mom shows up, she becomes lethargic, pale. Strong carotid pulse but thin radial pulses. Heart rate stable in 80's the entire time. Mottled with cap refill 3 seconds. Able to speak with no distress during transport to ER. The other nurse working with me started workup and I was paged to come help towards the end. Since parents arrived literally a minute after she "hit a wall" the nurse volunteered to ride with them to the ER down the street. Ride was uneventful, she was alert and talkative and pulse ox reads in 94-96%. The child is "completely fine" per Mom, parents told us we over reacted and that she clearly just didn't eat enough breakfast. Covid test pending, but they did not get her a thorough workup. She will have to get one before returning. It looked pretty rough at the end, and I couldn't stop thinking about her last night. I just keep wondering............should we have called 911 at the very beginning of it all? My other nurse is questioning if she did the right thing, hesitant to call if it wasn't a true emergency, since she was fine in the end (per the parents). It obviously could have gotten so much worse so quickly. Just one of those "did I do everything right?" moments. Just curious.........with respiratory issues, what are your guidelines for calling 911?
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    What are you stocking up on?

    OK what COVID-19 related items are you ordering for your office and isolation room? I'm stocked on all regular school year items, but I'm curious as to what I'm missing. Our school received PPE (masks, a few shields and gowns) and I've ordered extra of all my usual things for my makeshift isolation area. Our school is getting a sanitization refill station where the teachers can fill spray bottles with a disinfectant or a sanitizer. I plan to use that but also want my own cleaners. What are your favorites? I've seen a lot of Clorox Healthcare spray with good reviews at schools, but I'm wondering if that's too portent for my asthma kids. I have a great office but it's a bit small; a little scent goes a LONG way. I love Cavicide but can't find too much of that. Thanks for any input!!
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    Immunization Audit—-fail?

    Hi I’m relaying this for a friend who called me hysterical today. She works in Texas at a private school where immunizations are required and only medical exemptions signed by MD are accepted. No conscience exemptions. She just took over a few months ago right before covid hit. The previous nurse was apparently awful. She’s been going through her shot records and so many are insufficient. That part she’s taking care of and getting everyone caught up. However, her principal informed her they underwent an audit in January. Certain shot records were sent in and no results have come back. So my friend is freaking out if they “fail” the audit due to that. Does the school get reprimanded or some kind of demerit? Has anyone been through that or have any knowledge of that? It would be the Texas department of health. I told her to just call them directly and explain and ask what she could do. Any advice? Thanks!
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    Temps at the door?

    Hi, Are y’all planning to take temps at the door everyday before kids come into school? I have about 400 kids Prek-8th grade. Also what’s your favorite contact-less thermometer? Thank you!
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    Office “fun”

    Hi guys, I’m curious on what you keep stocked in your rooms as far as fun distractions....if anything at all. I am not one to let kids wait around forever if it’s something minor. My BS radar is on point and I know my regulars. Especially with corona I know next year will be busy. I have a few kids who just need that quiet space every now and then to come hang out then go back to class. Noisy lunch rooms or loud projects will set them off. A few kids have sensory issues and sometimes a dark, quiet corner can change their whole day. Our counselor is part time so many days these kids will just come hang out with me for a few minutes (given I’m not too swamped or I no contagious kids) My older kids will bring a book or if they’re going home they’ll do homework while waiting. Sometimes it’s hard to even get temps on some of my smaller ones who are terrified of the nurse’s office. I have cute little things on my desk that usually distract them. That or I hand them a glove or cotton ball to play with. I’m just curious if you use anything to just catch their attention and keep kids “busy”. Books to me are just asking for germs. They love to color and I try to keep paper and crayons and just wipe them down. A friend uses those calm down glitter jars and says the kids are mesmerized. Do you have any “fun” in your office?
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    Medication Storage

    Does anyone have a pic of how they store their meds? I have 403 kids PreK-8. 2 hemophiliacs, 2 epileptics, 22 Epi Pens. Around 10 asthma inhalers. The rest is OTC meds, topical, etc. I work at a private Catholic school and we cannot apply or administer anything at all without MD orders. So it all ends up in my office. Do you store them separately based on their use, or all alphabetically? For the past few years I’ve just used bins and put them individually in ziploc bags. Then each box holds A-G, H-K, etc. I keep all my Epipens and Diastat in an emergency box so I don’t have to sort through bins. The hemo emergency meds are in my fridge. I’m curious how you keep yours organized and easily accessible!! Thanks for any tips.
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    Emergency Meds in 2 locations?

    I was thinking about that....we may be getting the stock epi pens this year. My bigger concern was the epileptics. Thanks for the reply! It reminds me to ask about the stock meds since that's new to us.
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    Emergency Meds in 2 locations?

    Hi everyone, I'm a school nurse for around 500 kids, Pre-K to 8. I have ~30 epi-pens, 3 hemophiliacs, and 2 epileptics. We just added a new 'activity center' to our school, separate from our school building, where art/music/PE will be now. My question is.......do I ask for 2 meds from everyone (so expensive!) or just run sprint them over if they need them? I'd hate to think I was away from my office or whatnot and someone had an issue. If they were in the building, I could easily sprint down to my office for their meds. But now I'd have to run down, grab their meds, then run to the next building. -There will be no food/drinks in the new building and most of my epi's are for food allergies. Luckily I've never had to use one at this school. -My hemophiliac kiddos have medicine but it's really just for EMTs to administer when they arrive. All of those kids' hematologists have strongly stated no one is to administer those meds except their parents, their doctors, or emergency personnel. So I don't know if I'd really need a second set, since I can easily get theirs before an ambulance arrives. -My epileptics are the ones I'm most concerned about since their meds are so specific and time sensitive with the seizures, etc. Their meds are given if seizures last more than 5 minutes, so I'd have to run down, grab their meds, and then sprint to them....while hoping someone is timing it at the scene. What does your school do if you have multiple building locations? It's a good 3-5 minute walk from my nurse office to the other building, sprinting maybe 2 :) Thanks for any input, I'm kind of stressing out and at a loss right now since we've always had one building. I don't want to make the parents pay for a second expensive medication that will (hopefully) never be used........but I know it's not worth the risk when we one day truly need it. I appreciate any feedback!!
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    Best Lanyard?

    Thank you!! I was thinking of getting one of those. Does it sit weird since the hook is not centered on the pouch?
  13. cmh1118

    Best Lanyard?

    Thank you!! I was thinking of getting one of those. Does it sit weird since the hook is not centered on the pouch?
  14. On vision screening reports....what does AD mean? As in "Passed w/AD?" Assisted devices? Such as glasses, contacts? Thanks!!!
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    Missed TRAT2DC deadline

    Help!!! I am really freaking out. I was misinformed about recording TRAT2DC screening results and now it's closed. I missed the deadline. Am I "in trouble" with the state? (Texas) I did screen everyone, just didn't report. Any advice? I'm so frustrated and NERVOUS!! Thanks!!
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    License is Expired

    I understand; she was just curious to hear from someone first-hand. She called numerous times last week and was on hold for over 45 minutes, and has even emailed the board. Just checking here in the meantime.