Managing Asthma, Allergies, Diabetes, and Seizures in School

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Overview

Welcome to School Health specialization: Managing Asthma, Anaphylaxis, Food Allergies, Diabetes, and Seizures in School course. In this course, you will learn about these common medical issues students face and how to best support students who suffer from them. We will also take a holistic look at how we can best support overall student health.
We will take a look at how the school nurse provides support to students and staff in each scenario and how to plan ahead in the event of an emergency.
We will walk through the reasons that schools should promote student health and how we can support students that face these common medical conditions

As part of the course, we will introduce two students to help all of this information come alive. Prepare yourself to learn about these common medical conditions. Let’s get started!

Syllabus

Asthma
-In the following module you will learn more about the obstacles students with asthma face and how to be prepared to assist students with asthma and help them manage their symptoms. While our abilities to manage asthma have improved over the years, we still face many challenges. We will learn more about the staff-related responsibilities in aiding a student with asthma and how to compose a plan in the event of an emergency. You will learn how to recognize asthma triggers and how to administer proper therapies while supporting the social emotional needs of the student.

Type 1 Diabetes
-In this module you will learn about Type 1 Diabetes and how best to assist students with Type 1 Diabetes. Included in the lessons are an overview of Type 1 Diabetes as a condition, how to create plans in the event of an emergency, an overview of relevant federal regulations, the role of the school nurse as a resource, and supporting the social emotional needs of students with Type 1 Diabetes.

Seizures
-Next we’ll learn about seizures and how to assist students who suffer from seizures. Seizures can be a scary thing. In the following lessons you’ll learn what seizures are, what causes them, why epilepsy is often associated with seizures, signs and symptoms to look for, information on seizure first aid, the role of the school nurse as a resource, and how to best support students who experience a seizure.

Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis
-There are a wide variety of allergies represented in a given school population. In this module we’ll learn more about allergies and their effects and the role of the immune system. Once we’ve covered the basics we’ll dive into reactions ranging from mild to severe and anaphylaxis, recognizing symptoms, helping students manage their allergies at school, medications used in the event a student is exposed to an allergen, how to plan for emergencies, and how to minimize exposure.

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