Re: pain relievers in first aid kit
Charles Batteau (B3ZAATN@CPSLSOPS.BELL-ATL.COM)
Wed, 23 Jul 1997 11:31:26 -0400
On July 16, Marc Grey wrote
> We have a question which has arisen in our troop concerning
> whether or not we should keep 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 Reyes syndrome but what is the
> policy in scouting regarding administering these medications and how
> do you deal with this problem in your troop?
I hope your statement about "aspirin would be safer than acetominophen
due to Reyes syndrome" was a "slip of the keys" -- it's the other way
around! Acetominophen is the safer of the two pain relievers; aspirin
is the one associated with Reyes syndrome.
Our troop DOES have ACETOMINOPHEN available for dispensing; however,
we will not give it to a scout without parental permission. To that
end, we have a section of the permission form which specifies WHICH,
IF ANY, over-the-counter medications may be administered to the youth.
Below is the portion of the permission slip that deals with this:
If my son becomes sick, you may administer the following:
____ Tylenol ____ Donnagel
____ Calamine Lotion ____ Benedryl itch lotion
____ Mylanta ____ Tinactin (athletes foot)
____ Milk of Magnesia ____ Throat Lozenge
We also have a section where the parent details what, if any,
prescription medications should be taken by the scout. (This is so the
leader can give this information to medical personnel if the youth
must be treated at a medical center. Per the 1994 Guide to Safe
Scouting, the primary responsibility for administering prescription
drugs rests with the youth and his parents.)
Hope this helps.
Chuck Batteau -- SM, Troop 751, Glen Allen VA USA
I used to be an Eagle ...
maybe they meant an hour a DAY! :-)
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