Scoil Maelruain Junior

Old Bawn Ave,

Tallaght

Dublin 24

01 4513967

www.scoilmaelruainjunior.org

ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION POLICY

This policy is formulated in accordance with guidelines issued by the (Primary Schools’ Managerial Bodies) and the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation.

Relationship to School Ethos:

The school promotes positive home-school contacts, not only in relation to the welfare of children, but in relation to all aspects of school life.  This policy is in keeping with the school ethos through the provision of a safe, secure and caring school environment and the furthering of positive home-school links.

Aims of this Policy:

The aims and objectives of the policy can be summarised as follows:

Introduction

While the Board of Management of Scoil Maelruain Junior has a duty to safeguard the health and safety of pupils when they are engaged in authorised school activities, this does not imply a duty upon teachers to personally undertake the administration of medication.

The Board of Management requests parents to ensure that staff members are made aware in writing of any medical condition suffered by their child. This information should be provided at enrolment or at the development of any medical conditions at a later date.

Medication in this policy refers to medicines, tablets and sprays administered by mouth only with the exception of an adrenaline injector pen.

Procedure to be followed by parents who require the administration of medication for their children

            Where children are suffering from life threatening conditions, parents/guardians must clearly provide to the school at the start of each school year, an up- to - date written care plan. Parents must outline what should be done in a particular emergency situation, with particular reference to what may be a risk to the child (Appendix 3). If emergency medication is necessary, arrangements must be made with the Board of Management. If emergency medication is necessary, arrangements must be made with the Board of Management. A letter of indemnity must be signed by parents in respect of any liability that may arise regarding the administration of emergency  medication.

Long Term Health Problems

Where there are children with long-term health problems in school, proper and clearly understood arrangements for the administration of medicines must be made with the Board of Management by the parents/guardians. It would include measures such as self administration, administration under parental supervision or administration by school staff.

Guidelines for the Administration of Medicines

  1. Where specific authorisation has been given by the Board of Management for the administration of medicine, the medicines must be brought to school by the parent/guardian/designated adult.
  2. A written record of the date and time of administration must be kept by the person administering it in the child’s medical file at the SNA station adjacent to the child.
  3. Parents/Guardians are responsible for ensuring that emergency medication is supplied to the school and replenished when necessary.
  4. Emergency medication must have exact details of how it is to be administered.
  5. The BoM must inform the school’s insurers accordingly.
  6. Parents are further required to indemnify the Board of Management and members of the staff in respect of any liability that may arise regarding the administration of prescribed medicines in school.
  7. All correspondence related to the above are kept in the school.

Medicines

  1. Procedures to be followed by the Board of Management

  1. Responsibilities of Staff Members

The following  protocols are in place with regard to pupils with a Nut Allergy

  1. All parents of children in the class are advised of the fact that there is a child with a nut allergy in the class.
  2. Staff who are in contact with the pupil should  not eat nuts of any item with nut trace.
  3. Advise children not to offer or exchange foods, sweets, lunches etc. and where necessary create a nut free classroom.
  4. If going off-site, medication must be carried.

In the event the pupil comes in contact with peanuts

  1. Parents are required to complete Appendix 3 and provide the school with an antihistamine, with specific instruction for dosage and a measured spoon.
  2. It is important that the pupil be kept calm to allow him to breathe calmly as he will experience discomfort and sensation of his/her throat swelling. If possible (s)he needs to drink as much water as possible. These steps should allow him/her to recover fully.
  3. Only in the event of anaphylactic shock should the pen be administered. Pen is stored in a secure place in the child’s classroom. Before or immediately after Pen has been administered, an ambulance must be called.

Indicators of shock include

Symptoms of shock can include, wheezing, severe difficulty breathing and gastrointestinal symptoms such as abdominal pain, cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Medical Emergencies: 999

Emergencies:

In the event of an emergency, teachers should do no more than is necessary and appropriate to relieve extreme distress or prevent further and otherwise irreparable harm.  Qualified medical treatment should be secured in emergencies at the earliest opportunity.

Where no qualified medical treatment is available, and circumstances warrant immediate medical attention, designated staff members may take a child into Accident and Emergency without delay.  Parents will be contacted simultaneously.

In addition, parents must ensure that teachers are made aware in writing of any medical condition which their child is suffering from.  For example children who are epileptics, diabetics etc. may have a seizure at any time and teachers must be made aware of symptoms in order to ensure that treatment may be given by appropriate persons.

Written details are required from the parents/guardians outlining the child’s personal details, name of medication, prescribed dosage, whether the child is capable of self-administration and the circumstances under which the medication is to be given.  Parents should also outline clearly proper procedures for children who require medication for life threatening conditions.

The school maintains an up to date register of contact details of all parents/guardians including emergency numbers.  This is updated in September of each new school year.

First Aid Boxes:

A full medical kit is taken when children are engaged in out of school activities such as tours.

A first aid box is kept in in the First Aid area in the hall containing anti-septic wipes, anti-septic bandages, sprays, steri-strips, cotton wool, scissors etc.

General Recommendations:

We recommend that any child who shows signs of illness should be kept at home; requests from parents to keep their children in at lunch break are not encouraged.  A child too sick to play with peers should not be in school.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The BoM has overall responsibility for the implementation and monitoring of the school policy on Administration of Medication.  The Principal is the day to day manager of routines contained in the policy with the assistance of all staff members.  The Assistant Principal is the Safety Representative and the maintenance and replenishment of First Aid Boxes is a post of responsibility within the middle management structure in the school.

Success Criteria:

The effectiveness of the school policy in its present form is measured by the following criteria;

Ratification and Review:

This policy was ratified by the BoM 26th September 2016.  It will be reviewed in the event of incidents or on the enrolment of child/children with significant medical conditions, but no later than September 2018

Signed: _______________________________                               Date: ____________________

 Chairperson, Board of Management.

                  Appendix 1

Medical Condition and Administration of Medicines

This document will be filed with the child’s care plan

Child’s Name:        ________________________________________________

Address:            ________________________________________________

Date of Birth:  ____________

Emergency Contacts

1) Name: ____________________________           Phone: ___________________

2) Name: ____________________________        Phone: ___________________

3) Name: ____________________________        Phone: ___________________

4) Name: ____________________________        Phone: ___________________

Child’s Doctor: ____________________________ Phone: ________________

Medical Condition:

________________________________________________________________________________

Prescription Details:

________________________________________________________________________________

Storage details:

________________________________________________________________________________

Dosage required:

________________________________________________________________________________

Persons responsible for the administration of the medicine:

________________________________________________________________________________

Administration procedure:

________________________________________________________________________________

I/We request that the Board of Management authorise the administration prescription medicine during the school day as it is absolutely necessary for the continued well-being of my/our child by one of the persons named above. I/We understand that the school will arrange safe storage of the prescription medicines as detailed above. I/We understand that we must inform the school/Teacher of any changes of medicine/dose in writing and that we must inform the Teacher each year of the prescription/medical condition. I/We understand that no school personnel have any medical training and we indemnify the Board from any liability that may arise from the administration of the medication.  

Signed                ______________________                    ________________________

                        Parent/Guardian                                         Parent/Guardian

                     

Date                ________________________


Appendix 2

Allergy Details

Child’s Name:        ________________________________________________

Address:            ________________________________________________

Date of Birth:  ____________

Emergency Contacts

1) Name: ____________________________           Phone: ___________________

2) Name: ____________________________        Phone: ___________________

3) Name: ____________________________        Phone: ___________________

4) Name: ____________________________        Phone: ___________________

Child’s Doctor: ____________________________ Phone: ________________

Type of Allergy: __________________________________________________

Reaction Level:  __________________________________________________

Medication:        __________________________________________________

Storage details: __________________________________________________

Dosage required: __________________________________________________

Persons responsible for the administration of the medicine:

_________________________________________________________

Administration Procedure (When, Why, How) ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

I/We request that the Board of Management authorise the administration of the emergency prescription medicine as it is absolutely necessary for the continued well-being of my/our child by the child’s teacher or SNA. I/We understand that we must inform the school/teacher of any changes of medicine/dose in writing and that we must inform the Teacher each year of the prescription/medical condition. I/We understand that no school personnel have any medical training and we indemnify the Board from any liability that may arise from the administration of the medication.  

Signed                ______________________                    ________________________

                        Parent/Guardian                                         Parent/Guardian

                     

Date                ________________________


Appendix 3

Emergency Procedures

 

In the event of ______________ displaying any symptoms of his medical difficulty, the following

 

procedures should be followed.

Symptoms:         __________________________________________________

__________________________________________________

__________________________________________________

__________________________________________________

        

Procedure:        

  1. ____________________________________________________

  1. ____________________________________________________

  1. ____________________________________________________

  1. ____________________________________________________

  1. ____________________________________________________

  1. ____________________________________________________

  1. ____________________________________________________

  1. ____________________________________________________

To include:         Dial 999 and call emergency services.

Contact Parents

I/We understand that no school personnel have any medical training and we indemnify the Board from any liability that may arise from these emergency procedures.

Signed                ______________________                    ________________________

                        Parent/Guardian                                         Parent/Guardian

                     

Date                ________________________


Appendix 4

Record of administration of Medicines

Pupil’s Name:                 _____________________

Date of Birth:                 _____________________

Medical Condition:         __________________________________________________

Medication:                __________________________________________________

Dosage Administered:        __________________________________________________

Administration Details (When, Why, How) _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Signed:        __________________

Date:                __________________