I keep hearing about school personnel making mistakes when giving children medication. My son is diabetic, and he needs his insulin injection every day at his school in Louisville. How can I protect him from such medication mistakes?

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Your concern is understandable. With fewer schools having a full-time, on-site nurse, medication errors that used to occur only occasionally are now happening more and more here in Kentucky, as in the rest of the country.

The following are suggestions for parents, as provided on the Philly.com website:

  • Talk to your pediatrician about avoiding dosage times during school hours, perhaps by having a long-acting medication, if one is available.
  • If your child has to take medication at school, find out what steps school personnel take to prevent medication mistakes.
  • Include a picture of your child with any medication you send to school so that whoever gives the medication can ensure that the right child receives it.
  • Write out instructions for equipment such as rescue inhalers and epinephrine pens, and show the appropriate personnel how to use them.
  • Make sure that older children understand how and when their medication should be given and to question anything that seems wrong.
  • Notify the school immediately of any changes or discontinuation of medications.

If your child ever suffers because of a medication error in a Louisville school, contact the experienced Kentucky medication error attorneys at Gray and White Law. We’ll set you up with a FREE consultation to discuss your options. Call us toll free at 888-450-4456 or locally at 502-210-8942.