Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1999: Medication - remembering to take it etc
Medication - remembering to take it etc
Wed, 8 Sep 1999 09:24:56 +0100
Dan Moser writes...
> 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.
Chuck Bramlet write:
>purchase a medicine dispenser that lists the
>days of the week (7 section), or the meals or times of day (3
>...... when Jimmy comes in on Wednesday and asks if he took his medication,
you look at
>the Wed section. If it's empty, the answer is yes.
It worries me that nobody knew if the child had taken any medication. What
if the medication in question had been anti-epilepsy drugs, or something
else "life-threatening" if not taken. What if the parents hadn't counted the
tablets before camp, what if the child was given a double dose?
Here in the UK (Guides - can't speak for what the scouts do), we MUST keep
records of all treatment & medication given to the child.
If a girl comes to camp with medication, she hands it to the designated
first aider who then issues it at the appropriate times (they keep
"emergency" medication like asthma inhalers with them at all times). When
the first aider gives the medication, or any other first aid treatment such
as treats a wasp sting, the date, time, problem (symptoms), treatment and
signature of firstaider are written down - either on the back of the child's
health form or in a separate log.
e.g aug 1st 99 8:30am regular medication 1x<insert name of tablet &
dose here> <signature of person administering it>
aug 1st 99 11am wasp sting on arm area swollen and red
removed visible sting from arm, rinsed with water, applied "wasp-eze" cream
This information is available to the first aider so we can ensure that all
daily doses are taken, and that no duplicate doses are given or things like
painkillers are given the proper distance apart. On a trip out we ask girls
to take their medication in front of an adult, or a buddy if an adult is not
available - this makes sure they have a witness if there is a "did I take
it" question, makes sure they don't choke on the tablet (yes it has
happened!) & also because with some kids it's important to make sure they
actually take it rather than pretending to!
The treatment record can then be handed back to the parent at the end of
camp, to a doctor, or emergency room if necessary - it also ensures that if
Jenny comes to a Guider and says "have I had my tablet today" the Guider can
check the first aid records, even if the person who gave the medication is
not available. At a large camp, where the child may be treated by a central
medical team, and/or troop first aider and maybe somebody else as well,
everybody (adult and child) carries a copy of their health form with them at
all times and the treatment history is attached to this copy - that way
central medical team know that the child has had xxx treatment already. This
has proved to be an excellent idea. Of course the child brings 2 copies so
there is always one available centrally in case one gets lost!
Maybe this will help you for next time..........
Guide Guider, Tamworth, Staffs, UK