scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Meds in camp
Thu Jun 29 2000 - 10:16:24 CDT
I believe that taking
meds from a patient creates and affirmative obligation to make
sure they get administered. And, to me, that means finding a
Scout who doesn't show up at the health lodge in the morning
for his meds, not just sitting back and waiting for him to arrive.
Just like in a hospital where they bring the medication and
make sure it is consumed. But I have never seen that kind of
proactive position taken in camp.
The camp we went to last year had a policy --which was explicitly laid out in
the pre-camp info book-- that the kid had to go to the health lodge for his
pills. He was allowed one "late" arrival, and the nurse would go find him for
the next one if necessary. After that, his parents were called to come get
him and he was to leave.
No one ever went home <G>.
It absolutely creates that responsibility. But this is something that nurses
do and have done for years. For us, it's not the big deal made out in the
recent discussion <G>. The big responsibility, in my mind, is the
documentation. As I said in SM meeting on the porch at camp one year, what do
we say to the parents of a Scout who drowned during a seizure at the
waterfront one day when they ask if he took his anticonvulsants? "Gee, I
dunno"? No, of course we have to see that he takes them AND document it. I
recommended a med sheet like we have in hospitals, with a NCR-paper copy. At
the end of camp the copy goes home with the med forms and the original stays
for the length of time the jurisdiction mandates retention of medical records
(in many places, 7 yrs).
Another camp we attended had the nurse on the porch of the dining hall before
each of the three meals, and before the assembled troops went in for meals
and during announcements there was "med call," when all Scouts with meds went
up to get them. Bedtime meds were picked up by the Scout at the health lodge
(centrally located so it was no trouble to stop by on the way "home" from
evening activities). There was no big stigma, for those of you wondering.
Some adults (who were allowed to keep and self-administer their own meds)
joined the throng, to make it "just one of those things." No big deal.
SA T47 Sandwich MA
Cape Cod & Islands Council
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