Re: pain relievers in first aid kit
Tom E Sullivan (tsully@JUNO.COM)
Sun, 20 Jul 1997 07:49:04 -0700
Would the leaders be safe if they added appropriate words to the
permission slip that each parent signs for every trip? This would seem
to be a reasonable solution.
Along the same vein; how about stomach acid relief (Tums etc.);
constipation relievers; throat lozenges; sinus tablets; and other
"relatively harmless" remedies.
On Thu, 17 Jul 1997 19:06:28 -0700 Steven Featherkile
>Marc Grey wrote:
>> ... aspirin or acetominophen in our first aid kit. Is it proper
>> for the troop to administer these analgesics to scouts out of the
>> first aid
>> kit? I realize that aspirin would be safer than acetominophen due to
>> syndrome but what is the policy in scouting regarding administering
>> medications and how do you deal with this problem in your troop?
>First of all, acetominophen is safer than aspirin because of the Reyes
>issus, as well as being much gentler on the stomach.
>Secondly, if you carry the analgesics or any other medications and
>them to one of the scouts or adults who is not a member of your
>and are not a physician or other health care provider, then you have
>just practiced medicine without a licence. In the rare case where
>things might go bad, you could be in trouble. What I do is to have
>acetominophen required in the scouts first aid kit, and then "assist"
>the scout (or adult) in taking his medications. Granted, it's a fine
>point, but it will help keep you out of trouble. I follow the same
>procedure for all medications. Sometimes, if a parent asks, I will
>carry the meds for the scout, and then "help" him remember when it's
>time for the next dose. The "Guide to Safe Scouting" does not seem to
>address this specific issue, but does allow the leader to carry the
>for the scout and then assist him. Strange.
>Troop 2, Wenatchee, WA
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