Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Getting good medical information
Getting good medical information
Mon, 9 Aug 1999 10:05:04 -0700
I sent this to Ron Fox, and then thought I would forward it to the list as a whole.
Ron, I agree with you 100% on the problems of parents not giving
adequate medical instruction to leaders on trips. I just had a real bad time
where parents told me they were "weaning" their son from Adderall. I thought
that meant no pills unless it reached a real need. Turns out the weaning had
just begun, and by Day 5 I had a kid in withdrawal--he'd been getting 20-30
mg. per day and I cold-turkeyed him. Put him back on the pills and all was
okay again, thank God.
OTOH, as a school board member, I would not (and by law, don't believe
I can) allow access to school medical records. It is not that I am afraid of what
you'd see, but the fact is it puts the school in as a "middleman" in a place
it doesn't belong. Getting good medical information should be between the
Scout unit, the parents, and the child's physician.
You might see if you have a nurse in your unit or district commisssioner
staff, or somewhere in your district who would be willing to come out and talk
to parents about health forms, disclosure, confidentiality, and the
consequences of not knowing the full story. Since they are a "professional"
they can ask better questions than I can, and inspire a certain amount of
confidentiality. Perhaps one who has been on summer camp staff, and could
really address the needs of long-term camp. Good luck.
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