Thursday, July 2, 2009

Tracking Medications and Dosage

This year we try something new for camp.  I've created a spreadsheet to keep track of students who will need medications at camp.  Very basic.  Student's name, medication, instructions. Followed by each day of the week with a box to check off when the medication was administered. This will help:
  • Make sure the students get their meds when they are supposed to
  • To protect accidental overdose or neglecting to take their meds
I've been taking students to camp for 15 years and this form is the result of evaluating what we could do to handle medications better and responsibly.

3 comments:

ladybug said...

Great organizational tool -

DogsDontPurr said...

One thing I'd like to mention: if you have any kids with diabetes, please make sure that you understand about blood sugar levels and insulin intake.

I only bring this up because I've found that even hospitals and emergency room staff are quite often without a clue when it comes to diabetes.

My partner, who is 55, has diabetes and has been in the hospital for a number of conditions. The most recent being a heart attack. It was shocking that most of the nurses did not know how to deal with his blood sugar/insulin issues and food requirements.

Sorry to ramble, but please, if you do have people in your camp who are diabetic, make sure to do some research so that you understand what's going on, and how to recognize signs of low blood sugar....and high blood sugar.

Even though diabetes is now considered epidemic, most people really do not know a thing about this disease. Maybe one of your camp topics could be about this. Help "spread the word."

Jodi said...

Because a large part of my job is tracking medication administration on any given school day...can I recommend that you have the administrator inital (instead of check) when the med is given? That way, in case there is any question, you will know which adult to go to for answers.

Even if you intend to be the only one administering...there may be a time when someone has to fill in for you and it just saves you some leg work in the end.

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