Life-Threatening Health Conditions Fall 2005 sponsored by Nursing Services This self-paced module Designed to meet the state law requirements in RCW 28A.210.320 – education to all who work with students diagnosed with a life-threatening condition .
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Life-Threatening Health Conditions
A life-threatening health condition means a condition that will put the child in danger of death during the school day if a medication or treatment order providing authority to a registered nurse and a nursing plan are not in place.
Students who have a life-threatening health condition and no medication or treatment order presented to the school shall be excluded from
conditions such as:
504 Accommodations must be established for all these medical conditions!
Prohibits discrimination against any individual because of a disability.
It is likely that a student with severe asthma maybe sitting next to a student with life-threatening allergies, and in the next row there may be a student with a seizure disorder.
Let’s discuss the impact of allergies on the student that you may have in class.
An allergy is an abnormal response to a “normal” substance (allergen).
The allergic person has an altered immune response to substances which normally are not harmful to most people.
A reaction may be mild or severe.
Food is the leading cause of anaphylaxis in children.
Anaphylaxis is a sudden,severe allergic response that produces breathing difficulties, circulatory problems and possible death.
Anaphylaxis is always considered a medical emergency.
Epinephrine is the medication to treat severe allergic reactions.
Epinephrine’s effects will last for only about 15 minutes.
Symptoms of the reaction can recur 4 to 8 hours after the initial reaction.
1. Pull off gray safety cap.
2. Place black tip on outer thigh. Stabilize the thigh. You may inject through clothing.
3. Press forcefully to active mechanism. Hold pen in place for 10 seconds.
4. Dispose of Epi-Pen ® as a contaminated sharp.
5. Massage the injection area for 10 seconds.
6. NOTE: You must demonstrate this skill using the Epi-Pen Trainer to your School Nurse.
Another medical condition on the rise!
A chronic illness that results from failure of the pancreas to make the hormone called insulin.
Without insulin, sugar accumulates in the blood stream and will cause symptoms.