Re: pain relievers in first aid kit
Charles Batteau (B3ZAATN@CPSLSOPS.BELL-ATL.COM)
Mon, 4 Aug 1997 07:09:47 -0400
I know this thread dwindled several days ago, but I needed to do some
checking before opening my "mouth." To recap the past, several people
on the list expressed reluctance to give their Scouts any pain
relievers, etc. on the basis that they could be sued or prosecuted for
"practicing medicine without a license."
This line of reasoning bothered me, but I decided to go to the
experts. First I asked a friend who is a lawyer, then another who is a
doctor. In capsule form, both said GO AHEAD and do it.
Lawyer: This is what the "Good Samaritan" laws cover. As long as you
are acting to the best of your ability, you are safe treating minor
problems with over-the-counter remedies.
Doctor: The FDA considered that people "administering"
over-the-counter medications may not be medically trained and that a
given medication may not necessarily be the appropriate one. This
happens with doctors also -- if something doesn't work, we try
something else. The important thing to do is to monitor the boy and,
if he doesn't feel better, THEN get professional help.
So, we're going to keep the Tylenol, Mylanta, etc. in our first aid
kit. We will also keep using our permission form which includes the
[BOLD]If my son becomes sick, you may administer the following:[bold]
____ Tylenol ____ Donnagel
____ Calamine Lotion ____ Benedryl itch lotion
____ Mylanta ____ Tinactin (athletes foot)
____ Milk of Magnesia ____ Throat Lozenge
(Note that this requires the parent to explicitly GIVE permission,
rather than providing a checklist of things I CANNOT administer.
This is intentional. I'd rather have the parent skip over a
"permissive" section than a "refusal" section.)
The form also asks the parent to list any allergies and any
medications the Scout is taking. (Yes, I know this is a duplication of
the medical form, but these items can change since the last time the
parent signed the form, and if I need to take the Scout to a doctor I
want him to know EXACTLY what the boy's taking.)
Chuck Batteau -- SM, Troop 751, Glen Allen VA USA
I used to be an Eagle ...
maybe they meant an hour a DAY! :-)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City