Date
18 September 2019

Review your medication polices and procedures

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Reviewing your policies and procedures’

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ECE policies and procedures

ECE policies and procedures

Review your policies and procedures to align with HS28 Medicine administration guidelines.

 

Your policy should include:

  • who has authority to give asthma medication
  • where asthma medication will be safely stored but easily accessed by an adult when needed
  • gaining written authority from parents to give medication
  • a system for recording medication stored and dosage to be given – name of child and the amount of medicine to be given
  • record of medicine administered (keep for 2 years)
  • an annual review schedule for checking expiry dates on asthma emergency kits
  • a procedure for sending all medication home to parents at the end of each year for them to check expiry dates and renew as required for the beginning of the new year.

Source: Ministry of Education (opens in a new tab/window)

School policies and procedures

School policies and procedures

Review your policies to ensure quick and safe access to asthma medication.

The Ministry of Education recommends your policy should include:

  • who has authority to give asthma medication
  • where asthma medication will be safely stored
  • written authority from parents to give asthma medication
  • a system for recording when a student is carrying their own medication
  • a system for recording medication stored and dosage to be given – name of child and the amount of to be given
  • a system for recording dosage to be given in an emergency
  • an annual review schedule for checking expiry dates on asthma emergency kits
  • a procedure for sending all medication home to parents at the end of each year for them to check expiry dates and renew as required for the beginning of the new year.

The Asthma + Respiratory Foundation NZ have developed a School asthma policy, which you could choose to use or adapt to support these recommendations. 

Source: Ministry of Education (opens in a new tab/window)

Ensure access to asthma medication

Ensure access to asthma medication

Quick and easy access to medication can prevent or reduce the severity of asthma episodes. 

The age at which children are ready to take care of, and be responsible for, their own asthma medication varies. 

Considerations when developing school policy and procedures:

  • Accessibility of asthma medication – is it accessed only through the medical room or by adults?
  • Schools must record when a student is carrying their own medication.
  • Reduce barriers to ensure quick access. For example, name individual inhalers and spacers, and store them in a safe, accessible place.
  • Have an asthma emergency kit onsite to ensure access to medication in an emergency. Date medication and ensure it hasn’t expired.
  • Partner with family/whānau and students to ensure accessibility.

Inhalers and ECE

Inhalers and ECE

Early learning services should ensure that all children with asthma have a named reliever inhaler and spacer stored in a secure place.

Inhalers can be kept on the premises or be brought everyday with the child.

Asthma emergency kits

Asthma emergency kits

Provide access to asthma emergency medication.

Asthma emergency kits can be purchased from the Asthma + Respiratory Foundation NZ. They include resources and instructions for asthma emergencies when children may not have their inhaler with them, or have not had a previous asthma attack. Kits are particularly useful for off-site excursions and sports events.

Authority for bronchodilators in schools 2018 – This letter from the Ministry of Health gives principals of registered schools the authority to obtain bronchodilator inhalers for inclusion in an emergency treatment kit.

Maintaining and cleaning spacers – use this information from Asthma New Zealand to keep spacers in your emergency kit clean and operational.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Understanding your inhaler

Understanding your inhaler

Read time: 13 min

Publisher: Asthma + Respiratory Foundation, NZ

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Health conditions in education settings Supporting children and young people3

Health conditions in education settings: Supporting children and young people

Read time: 40 min

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Asthma treatment

Read time: 20 min

Publisher: Asthma + Respiratory Foundation, NZ

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