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Medication Administration in Schools

By Stephanie A. Painter


The purpose of this study was to describe current practice of medication administration to children during school attendance in a district in Michigan. Information was collected by an audit of the policy and procedure manuals and medication records to assess a number of variables. It was found that 213 doses of medications were administered in 8 schools (enrollment 6,000) on the day of the study. Most of these were administered by nurses (40.8%) and secretaries (12.2%). While 25 different medications were administered, the medication most frequently administered was methylphenidate (60%). Medications were administered orally, per inhaler, nebulizer, topically or injected. They were administered to 189 students ages 5-23 with a mean age of 10.81 years and a mode of 9 years

Topics: Nursing
Publisher: ScholarWorks@GVSU
Year: 1998
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