Medical Alerts Question

  1. Does anyone have a special sign or magnet that they use outside of the classroom door to let staff know that there is a student with a medical alert inside that classroom?
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  3. by   OldDude
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    Does anyone have a special sign or magnet that they use outside of the classroom door to let staff know that there is a student with a medical alert inside that classroom?
    FERPA violation.
  4. by   MWOOD,LPN
    We had medical caduceus with no other information at one time, and now my principal wants to go back to them. It is my first year here at this school. At my previous school, we would let those teachers who needed to know via the Medical Alert button on the computer system we use.
  5. by   AdobeRN
    I put the alerts in the computer program we use - all teachers of that student can pull/see the info. If it is something significant - diabetics, severe allergies, seizures etc I will personally go to the teacher and let them know the issue and plan of care if something happens.
  6. by   LikeTheDeadSea
    Nope. Teachers know the students in their care.
  7. by   Flare
    nothing posted on the door by me - hovever some of the classrooms with peanut / tree nut allergies have taken to posting a sign that it is a "nut aware" class room. Our computerized program has a starred health alert. I leave it up to the classroom teacher to figure out how he/she wants to leave their list of health concerns for sub teachers.
  8. by   MWOOD,LPN
    I am just trying to find the best way to approach this and make sure that I am covered in the long run. The big issue is that subs do not have access to our computer system if they are subbing.
  9. by   OldDude
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    I am just trying to find the best way to approach this and make sure that I am covered in the long run. The big issue is that subs do not have access to our computer system if they are subbing.
    But there should be a "sub folder" with all pertinent information inside.
  10. by   AdobeRN
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    I am just trying to find the best way to approach this and make sure that I am covered in the long run. The big issue is that subs do not have access to our computer system if they are subbing.
    Are you able to run a report/list off the info you enter into the computer? We use Eschool - so I can create a spreadsheet/list of medical alert kiddos. I run it quarterly and send a PDF class list to the teachers so they can print and put in sub folder/put with their emergency folders or refer to if computers are down.
  11. by   MWOOD,LPN
    Our school uses Focus and it will report some of the information needed but not if there is an emergency med on campus. I am in a K-8 school so it gets difficult when they start switching classes.
  12. by   JenTheSchoolRN
    Quote from AdobeRN
    I put the alerts in the computer program we use - all teachers of that student can pull/see the info. If it is something significant - diabetics, severe allergies, seizures etc I will personally go to the teacher and let them know the issue and plan of care if something happens.
    I do the same.

    Our whole school is nut/peanut free to cover all students (though I am trying to move to nut aware with nut free tables now that we will have a cafeteria). I also created an general asthma action plan, allergy action plan, and seizure action plan that hangs in all classrooms with instructions to deal with each emergency if they arise. Easy to find for subs.
  13. by   AdobeRN
    Quote from JenTheSchoolRN
    I do the same.

    Our whole school is nut/peanut free to cover all students (though I am trying to move to nut aware with nut free tables now that we will have a cafeteria). I also created an general asthma action plan, allergy action plan, and seizure action plan that hangs in all classrooms with instructions to deal with each emergency if they arise. Easy to find for subs.
    the general action plans are a great idea - filing that info away for my "to-do stuff" for next school year.
  14. by   Duranie
    Maybe when the sub reports to the office when the arrive, the rule has to be that the admin, or secretary checks the system for alerts... and if there are any, the sub is required to go talk to you before they go to the classroom, so that you can brief them on the situation. FERPA is not violated, because the sub is now a part of the educational team. Subs should be professional enough not to divulge such info.
    Perhaps it needs to be suggested to have an in-service at the district level for all subs to train them on expectations to make sure they have all the info they need to do their job... and that includes knowing the medical needs of the students in their charge.

    I'm sure no sub wants to find out for the first time that they've got a kid in the classroom with special medical needs in the midst of whatever crisis happens. I'm also sure that many of them don't even think about it, and the ones who do, probably don't know what to do to find out.

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