Children and adolescents spend much of their waking time in the school setting for both academic and extracurricular activities. As such, it is essential that they be safe at school and allow parents and caregivers to proceed with their usual day-to-day activities.
Nurses, of course, are essential in the care of children in schools. However, it is absolutely erroneous to assume that they are the only individuals who can safely check blood sugars, administer insulin via injection or pump, or treat with rapid-acting carbohydrate. Clearly, millions of non-medical professionals, such as patient family members, childcare providers, and friends provide care to children with diabetes on a daily basis. Indeed, many of our children with diabetes can perform these complex tasks by themselves.
The United States Department of Education and Justice, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), along with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) are all in agreement that that trained non-medical personnel are the most appropriate individuals to keep children safe in the school setting when no nurse is available.
As such, the ADA has filed “Safe at School” bills in the Maryland General Assembly, and it is expected that the first hearing will be in the Senate on March 4th, 2015. This will be the very first time that the ADA &ldquo