Head Start of Lane County classroom staff will follow procedures which allow for safe and timely administration of medications that have been prescribed by a Physician or Nurse Practitioner.* Medication administration will occur only after reasonable attempts have been made to schedule the medication outside of classroom hours.
- The Medication Administration Flow sheet will be used to document the date, time, name of medication and signature of person administering the medication and any observed behavior changes following the administration of the medication.
- The Parent Permission/Medication Administration Flow sheet (combined form) and any written instructions from the physician or nurse practitioner. (This could be kept with the medication for convenience)
- Documentation in the child file and data systems should indicate communication to parents, R.M. and Health Consultant about anything related to medication administration.
*Special Cases: If a parent requests to have non-prescription medications administered in the classroom, the Health Consultant must be notified. The Health Consultant will confer with the Physician or Nurse Practitioner and the parent to determine whether it is appropriate to administer the non-prescription medication in the classroom, and then provide staff with written instructions.
** In cases in which medications are to be used for emergencies (rescue inhalers & epinephrine) the Health Consultant and staff will develop a procedure to assure that medication is out of reach of children but easily accessible to staff for emergencies.
This policy complies with Head Start Performance Standard 45CFR Section 1304.22 .
Procedure formulated in accordance with Oregon Child Care Division Regulations, and Head Start Performance Standard 1304.22 (C)(1).)
Policy Council approved on February 14, 2006
Updated February 9th, 2006. September 2012
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