School In-Service Presentations
Horizons in Hemophila, August 2010
By Rueleen Lavergne, RN, Quality Assurance Nurse
HoG offers school in-services because it is important that teachers and school officials feel comfortable knowing what to do for a bleeding problem, instead of calling 911 for a minor problem or, at the other extreme, failing to let parents know about important concerns about their child’s health. Even if a child is returning to the same school, he/she might have new teachers or a new school nurse. The teachers and staff may need reminders of what to do to prevent bleeding problems and how to respond appropriately if there is a problem.
If your child has a bleeding disorder and is going to a new school or pre-school, or transitioning to middle or high school, please give the school a copy of your child’s Emergency Action Plan and invite your HoG outreach nurse to contact the school to schedule an in-service about bleeding disorders. Prevention is always better than responding to an urgent problem, especially if your child has had surgery or has any other issues of concern that the HoG nurses can explain to school teachers and ancillary staff.
Check with the school and ask for the contact person and telephone number to help us schedule the in-service. As always, please fill out the HoG form for permission to contact the school for an appointment on behalf of your child. We want children to succeed in school and make good grades, and that includes being in a safe environment where they can be treated adequately and early for any bleeding problems.