While school health requirements will vary across cities and states, there a few common threads that weave them all together. Whether it is a grade school or a high school, private school or public, all school clinics look out for the health and wellness of the students who come through the doors when the morning bell rings.
The ongoing debate over vaccinations has brought school health requirements to the forefront of the conversation, but fewer people are discussing what type of assistance should be offered to kids once they are already in the building. Because school clinics are suited only to conduct initial assessments, kids are typically required to see their primary doctor for a physical exam before the school year begins. But when kids feel woozy after gym class, when their stomach starts churning after lunch or when they run a fever in history class, it is time to visit the nurse’s office.
The nurse’s office tends to have the bare minimum when it comes to medical devices, but that doesn’t mean the nurses aren’t well prepared. School nurses have plenty of supplies to determine whether students should take short break, head home for the day or receive further medical attention. They use devices like stethoscopes, thermometers and plenty of disposables like gauze dressings and gloves, all of which are sold at Medical Device Depot. Additionally, every school must have a defibrillator in case of an emergency. While schools may not be where kids go for primary care, they still need to be prepared for the challenges that every new school year brings. If your school needs updated devices, be sure to make the swap early in the school year before you wear out your old devices.