Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1999: Re: Medical information missing
Re: Medical information missing
James H. Moss
Fri, 3 Sep 1999 16:05:53 -0600
I have been watching this post and do not have a definitive answer on this
question. I have checked with a couple of other experts and will forward
more information when available, but I have some comments.
Even if you are the owner of prescription, (prescription being the key word)
an EMT can not posses them or provide them to you. Adult or child.
An EMT-I or paramedic are allowed to with DR's supervision.
Nurses are allowed to, with varying state requirements.
Is the rule of summer camp for the benefit of the camp, the child or the SM.
I would suspect the rule is for the child 1st, SM. 2nd and Camp last.
Someone is suppose to be in charge of making sure each kid receives his does
of medicine. Having to call home to determine if a kid took medication is
scary. (Both medically and legally.) A chart, book something should be
done to record this. "I have 16 bottles in the refrigerator with 16 names.
Each morning I should have 16 people here asking for their medication.
In that same vein, can a SM. refuse to be responsible and as such take a
youth on a trip based on the kids needs for medicines to be dispensed.
James H. Moss 303-980-5353
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>From the ungoing discussion on medical information and who is responsible to
medicate a scout I quote the following:
<< I gave copies of (previous) posts to a local pediatrician that has served
>CHADD's National Professional Advisory Board as a medical authority on
>medical care for children with AD/HD... He stated that in his experience,
>Scoutmasters take the responsibility for dispensing controlled
>substances such as AD/HD medications. His first question in that
>circumstance, would have been to the Scoutmaster, asking what
>medications the Scoutmaster had been dispensing over the week >>
I have been at three different council's summer camps in the last 4
years and at each camp at check in the scouts were required to turn over all
medications to be dispensed by the camp EMT,(national policy they say). I
never saw evidence of charting or record keeping to document what
had been dispensed.
At the one camp I went with a scout who could not remember if he had
his morning medicine to the medic to check. We had to call home and ask how
many pills were sent and then count what was left in the bottle.
On a weekend trip I will remind dispense medicine if the parents ask me
to and provide direction, but at summer camp that responsibility has been
accepted by the camp staff.
Scoutmaster Troop 377 Stony Creek Mills PA
Hawk Mountain Council Kittatinny Lodge #5
I used to be a RAVEN....NE-IV-92