Nurses are readily available any time the students are on campus. They work through two campus Health Centers, one located on the upper campus and the other in Cedar Springs Academy. The medical director for both health centers is a local physician who is on campus at least two hours per day, Monday – Thursday.
Nursing care is available for tube feedings, catheterizations, inhalation therapy, hormone injections, flu vaccines and daily medications. The medical staff routinely cares for students with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, seizures, asthma, hormone deficiencies, allergies and other conditions.
The SC School for the Deaf and the Blind has 11 highly qualified registered nurses and one licensed practical nurse on staff. The nurses have extensive experience with various backgrounds including pediatrics, medical surgical, cardiovascular, orthopedic, neurology, emergency care, respiratory therapy, infection control, psychiatric and intensive care, among other specialties.SC School for the Deaf and the Blind nurses meet all SC Nursing Board requirements and hold basic life support certifications. Nurses are updated on research and medication information throughout the year.
When students have daily or special medications, they are escorted to the Health Center in the evenings and mornings as needed. Depending on age and maturity, students may come to the Health Center in a buddy system during the day or be brought to the Health Center by a staff member.Immunizations are offered yearly for influenza to all students that have parent permission and do not have medical complications that would prohibit immunization.
Any student that has a medical condition that requires first aid on a regular basis has an Emergency Action Plan. This plan is written for that specific student including signs and symptoms of his or her condition.
For example, if the student has seizures, the plan will list the student’s specific signs and symptoms and will address medicine the student’s doctor has prescribed and when to give it. If the student does not have medication, it will be stated in the plan. If a student is in medical distress, SCSDB staff will call 9-1-1 immediately and then the nurse. If the student needs evaluation from the nurse, the nurse will respond to the call immediately. The nurse will then evaluate the student and transport him/her to the Health Center or call for Emergency Medical Services if needed.
Sniffles, Sneezes and Minor Boo-boos
If a student complains or appears ill, staff members will bring the student to the Health Center. If the student is independent, the student may be sent with a note for minor complaints to be evaluated by the nursing staff. Staff may also call the Health Center to request a nursing staff member come to the student’s location and evaluate the student if needed.
The Health Centers provide over-the-counter medication that has been approved by the SC School for the Deaf and Blind medical director who is a physician. The medical director is available in the Health Center approximately two hours each day Monday through Thursday. If students need to be evaluated, they are given a pass to see the physician and can come during his hours which are typically 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Parents are notified if their child is injured or shows signs or symptoms of illness that would require sending a student home. The extent and severity of the illness and where the family lives is taken into account before making a decision to send a student home. If parents request notification every time their children go to the Health Center, they will be contacted.Health Centers: Open 24 Hours a Day
Two nurses staff each Health Center during the 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. - 11 a.m. shifts. One registered nurse is in each Health Center 11 p.m. – 7 a.m. This coverage is maintained Sunday evening to Friday afternoon when students are on campus.
Parents often ask if the Health Center can obtain their child’s medication. This depends on the medication and medical condition of the student. Some medications can be prescribed by the school’s physician, obtained through Pharmacy Consultants and delivered to the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind. A weekend supply can be sent home for the student.Fees
Parents and families of students do not receive bills for health and related services provided on the campus. The school receives reimbursements for medical services through the SC Department of Health and Human Services “Partners for Healthy Children” program for Medicaid-eligible students.
Parents are required to pay for any co-pays for medications if needed or any other outside fees concerning medical care should their provider not cover it. Parents are responsible for all prescribed medications that are not covered by their provider.