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Medicine Cabinet for Schools

By: Ian Murnaghan BSc (hons), MSc - Updated: 18 Dec 2010 | comments*Discuss
 
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Most parents know that children seem to have a knack for accidents, which can include anything from cuts and scrapes to a broken bone. Other children take daily medications to prevent or treat regular or seasonal health conditions such as hay fever.

Every school needs a well-rounded medicine cabinet to deal with the inevitable trips and falls that will occur as well as any serious reactions that can include allergies. The medicine cabinet – as with any medicine cabinet – needs to be well stocked at all times.

Keeping Accurate and Detailed Records

In particular, schools need to keep detailed records of their medicine cabinet contents and they must also keep records on any medications dispensed, whether it is a one-off use of the medicine cabinet to obtain antibiotic ointment and a plaster for a cut knee or a prescription medication for a specific child.

Some prescription medications may be kept specifically in a classroom medicine cabinet, which allows the teacher for the particular student to have easy and rapid access for when the child requires the medication.

Creating a Basic Medicine Cabinet for Schools

Most schools will want to include some very basic first aid supplies in their medicine cabinet. These include pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen as well as plasters for cuts and scrapes. Antibiotic ointment is important to prevent infection if any wound to the skin occurs.

For larger cuts, bigger adhesive bandages can be used. Many of these can be cut to size, which means that scissors are necessary for a school's medicine cabinet. Also important are tweezers to extract any splinters that a child may have from their playtime. Given that some children are sensitive to various types of bandages, it's a good idea to keep both waterproof bandages for general use and hypoallergenic, fabric ones for sensitive kids.

Alcoholic cleansing pads are another necessary item for a school's medicine cabinet as well as safety pins and cloths. Schools can purchase easy-to-use antibacterial wipes, which are excellent for using prior to applying a bandage.

First aid creams for burns or other problems are important to include in a school's medicine cabinet. Even natural remedies for burns such as an aloe-based cream can be very helpful and soothing if a child experiences a burn in a laboratory or similar medium.

Handling Dental Emergencies

With the active lifestyles that kids often lead throughout the school day – from physical education classes to sports – a tooth can end up being knocked out. Although mouth guards are worn for many sports, these are not always used consistently by all children. If a child is hit in the mouth by sports paraphernalia, it can leave one or more teeth knocked out.

Fortunately, there are dental kits that can provide rapid first aid to the child's mouth while also preserving the tooth to be implanted by a dentist. Each school should have a dental first aid kit within the main medicine cabinet.

Keeping Schools Safe and Healthy

Schools have a responsibility to provide first aid treatments as well as dispense prescription medications that are appropriate and prescribed for an individual child. Ensuring that all staff knows how and when to access the medicine cabinet is important to keeping schools safe and healthy. By creating a comprehensive medicine cabinet according to national guidelines and a bit of common sense, schools can be a place of learning rather than a place of untreated accidents.

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