||Benefits of the DeBug Insect Repellent Patch:
- Does not contain DEET
- Prevents biting insects for up to 48 hours
- 100% natural
- Won't wash off or lose effectiveness in water
- Safe for children and adults
- Replaces messy sprays & lotions with an easy-to-apply patch
How does it work?
Humans release carbon dioxide from every pore in our bodies. Studies show mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide released from your body and can track it from far distances. DeBug Insect Repellent neutralizes carbon dioxide and masks it from those pesky insects by using a transdermal patch delivery technology. This patch is non-invasive process delivering a special water soluble Vitamin B-1 (Thiamine) into the circulatory system quickly and efficiently. Approximately 2 hours after attaching the patch, your entire body is protected for up to 48 hours.
Vitamin B1 supplement (http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/vitamin-supplements/vitamin-b-1.htm) is safe and non-toxic. Studies have long indicated that the use of Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) is a remedy for deterring mosquitoes and other flying insects. It is one of eight water-soluble vitamins. Research also found that excess B-1 is dissipated from the body, therefore overdose in not a factor. In fact, it's the overdose of the vitamin formula that makes the patch so effective.
But comfort is not the only reason to keep biting mosquitoes away. There is also the fact that mosquitoes carry deadly diseases. Although often viewed as an annoyance, they have now become a serious and potentially life-threatening problem with the arrival of mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus (http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/index.html). The virus gets into the mosquito's salivary glands. Then, when mosquitoes bite, the virus is injected into humans, where it causes serious illness. In fact, human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in the 47 of 50 states.
One simple patch, applied on your body creates a 48-hour invisible shield against mosquitoes and the diseases they carry. So don't get bugged by bugs, start stopping bites with DeBug Insect Repellent Patch >>
Congratulations to the Winners and Everyone who Participated!
Our judging panel truly appreciated the hard work that everyone put in to the creation of their videos. We hope that these videos will help bring awareness to the important role of the school nurse in our nation's schools.
The winners below will receive a School Health Gift Card for their school to be used for health supplies and equipment. We had originally planned to award 3 prizes for a total of $9,500 in gift cards. However, there were so many excellent videos that our judges decided to add additional Honorable Mention awards for a total of $14,500 in awards.
Additionally, all other entrants will receive a $75 gift card from School Health for their participation!
Grand Prize ($5,000)
"Petri Dish Elementary School"
Klein ISD in Spring, TX
Submitted by: Yvonne Clarke
Grand Prize Honorable Mention "Best Health Topic" ($2,500)
"Anaphylaxis is a serious, life threatening allergic reaction. Keeping students safe through proper health care is essential."
Submitted by: Lisa Rummel
Voting - 5000+ Votes ($2,500)
"Beebe Believes in School Nurses!"
Beebe Early Childhood in Beebe, AR
Submitted by: Amber Vanaman
Voting - 5000+ Votes ($2,500)
"Why Every Child Deserves a School Nurse-Nurse, Nurse, Baby"
Wise County Public Schools in Wise, VA
Submitted By: Joyce Addington
Honorable Mention - Best Song/Dance ($1,000)
"We Love Our Marbut School Nurse"
Marbut Elementary in Lithonia, GA
Submitted By: Catherine Howard
Honorable Mention - Best Parent Testimonials ($500)
“Only a few, of the million and one reasons, why Every Child Deserves a School Nurse.”
South Range Elementary School, Derry, NH
Submitted By: Susan Linehan
Honorable Mention - Best Performance of an Original Song ($500)
“Every Child Deserves a Happy School Nurse”
Western Heights Public Schools, Oklahoma City, OK
Submitted By: Angela Plasters
Honorable Mention -Cutest Video ($500)
"Every Child Deserves a School Nurse: Hardy Elementary"
Isle of Wight County Schools in Smithfield, VA
Submitted By: Elizabeth Denoncourt
Watch the rest of the "Every Child Deserves a School Nurse" Video Contest entires (each will receive a $75 School Health Gift Card):
Try This Fun and Easy Craft for School Nurse Day
Share using the Hashtag #SchoolNurseIsIn
This is a short and easy craft tutorial on how to create your own "The School Nurse is IN" and "School Nurse is OUT" sign for your Health Office at school (or kids can make one for their School Nurse as a gift!).
1. Print out the free printable graphics on 8.5 x 11 paper
Click to open pdf document to print (2 pages) >>
2. Color and decorate art
3. Place the 2 sheets together, blank sides facing each other
4. Laminate the sheets together
5. Punch a hole in the upper right and upper left-hand corners
6. Use a ribbon to hang the sign from
7. Hang outside your Health Office and flip to IN when you are available!
Share your completed project with us on Pinterest, Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #SchoolNurseIsIn
Click to download the free printable>>
Happy School Nurse Day and enjoy your new IN/OUT sign from School Health.
Get In Touch with Breast Health – for Life!
By: Mary Ann Wasil
Breast Cancer Survivor, President, CEO & Founder, The Get In Touch Foundation
My daughters were just turning 12 and 13 years old in 2004 when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer. My son had just turned 10 and I was 39.
I had no family history of breast cancer and the lump I found on my left breast was not detected on a mammogram.
Breast self-exam saved my life.
My stage two diagnosis led to an aggressive protocol of dose-dense chemotherapy followed by a bi-lateral mastectomy, which led to the discovery of a malignancy in my right breast, as well.
I knew that my daughters, all three of my children, in fact, now faced a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer than I ever did.
I told my sweet daughters that it would be important for them as they got older and their bodies began to change to know what their normal, healthy breast tissue felt like. I told them to lay down so I could show them how to do a breast self-exam.
They opened their eyes wide and disclosed what I already knew to be true, “um, Mom, we don’t have any breasts.”
I told them that they would one day, and that they should be comfortable and familiar with the way their breasts would change all through their lives, that it was our responsibility to love ourselves enough to “get in touch” with our bodies – for life.
After teaching them how to do a BSE, moms of their friends asked if I would teach their daughters how, as well. Many had a family history of breast cancer and wanted their daughters to get into the habit of good breast health practice as early as possible.
I could not agree more.
After learning from our beloved School Nurse at my children’s elementary school that no formal program existed such as the one I was suggesting she incorporate into the “health, hygiene and menstruation” program at our school, I knew I would be the one to develop such a program.
I also knew the program should be delivered to schools through a non-profit organization so that it could be free to any school that wanted it.
The global educational breast health non-profit organization, The Get In Touch Foundation, was born.
We worked with an advisory board that included a School Nurse, a pediatrician, an oncologist, a breast surgeon, and an educator; we held focus groups with School Nurses and girls ages 8-18.
The Get In Touch Girls’ Program & Daisy Wheels were born.
The Daisy Wheel is an interactive tool specifically designed for girls in grades 5-12. It guides girls through the various steps or “petals” of a breast self-exam using language appropriate and interesting to their age group and helps remove the stigma and clinical feel from the practice. The goal of the program is to encourage girls to view regularly “Getting In Touch” with their bodies as a normal part of their life.
We launched our program on September 1, 2009, and as of today, it is being implemented in all 50 states and in 26 countries; 500,00 girls have received Daisy Wheels.
We launched a free Daisy Wheel app on the iTunes Store in June 2011 and to date, it has been downloaded in 80 countries.
Click here to visit the page on our website which provides free access to our online Daisy Wheel Instructional Video.
We have had nothing but positive feedback from students and School Nurses alike.
Our educational initiative is funded in part through individual school participation in “GIT Your Pink On!” Days, which raises awareness and funds to support the program. Students and faculty are asked to consider wearing pink on the third Friday in October (or any other date) and make a suggested donation of $1 to Get In Touch.
Each dollar donated makes a difference; our cost for each Daisy Wheel is approximately $2.00.
The mission of The Get In Touch Foundation and of School Health are similar…we work hard to ensure that our School Nurses and Health Educators have all the tools and resources they need to assist our young people to be as healthy as possible.
The Get In Touch Foundation is proud to call School Health a partner in our global educational breast health initiative.
We are grateful to School Health for having participated in our “GIT Your Pink On!” Day by inviting employees to wear pink and donate to The Get In Touch Foundation!
If you are a School Nurse and are interested in ordering free Daisy Wheels for your students, click here to learn more and place your order.
And don’t forget to do your BSE!
We would like to thank Tara Grall, LPC, RPT, a licensed professional counselor in the state of Mississippi and a registered play therapist specializing in young children for contributing information for our play therapy blog. She works as a counselor for The Ardent Center, Hoffman Estates, IL.
Trauma can impact our young, developing students in several ways causing them to act out at school in an effort to communicate their feelings. Teachers, school nurses, and administrators can become more familiar with trauma and understand how to help treat it with the guidance of a registered play therapist.
WHAT ARE COMMON SYMPTOMS OF TRAUMA IN YOUNG CHILDREN?
According to Tara Grall, LPC,RPT, symptoms of trauma in young children can take several forms. The most common include:
- Eating issues
- Nightmares during sleep
- Clingy/separation anxiety
- Irritable/difficult to soothe
- Developmental Regression
- Language delay
- Aggressive behavior
- Sexualized behavior
WHAT IS PLAY THERAPY?
Play therapy is most commonly used for students between the ages of 3 and 12 years old. Students meet with a registered play therapist who helps the children express their experiences and emotions through play.
Registered play therapists will use several different materials and activities in their play sessions with students. Most often small toys such as sand trays, dollhouses, puppets, kitchen and pretend cooking items are used.
WHY USE PLAY THERAPY FOR TRAUMATIZED STUDENTS?
Students can be exposed to trauma at an early age before they are able to verbally communicate effectively with their teachers, school nurses, and administrators. Playing is a natural behavior for children, incorporating it into therapy allows for the student to represent themselves on a smaller scale in situations they might be struggling in.
Are you interested in incorporating play therapy with your students? Teachers, school nurses, and administrators and can work closely with a registered play therapist to develop sessions for their students as they have training and licensure to ensure play therapy is as effective as possible.
School Health Corporation has several toys that can be used both therapeutically and educationally in your classroom- Check them out in our educational aid department on our website!
To read Tara's full article on play therapy go here: http://www.schoolhealth.com/signs-symptoms-of-trauma-in-young-children/
More information regarding play therapy is below in a video from The Association For Play Therapy.
February 6th, 2014
Our recent "Everyday Heroes" contest brought in 24 amazing and inspiring stories from around the country. It was a difficult decision, but our judges selected 3 stories that they felt stood out among the others. These stories showed preparedness, training, and quick thinking that resulted in a successful outcome.
If you have a story to share, you can enter our current "Everyday Heroes" contest (ends June 30th, 2014):
Congratulations to our winners, and to all of the entrants who saved a life!
"As a school nurse of 600 plus elementary students, I am very fortunate that all staff members on my campus are First Aid and CPR trained. It always helps to have an extra set of eyes and people that can help during an emergency. During one of our lunch periods we had a student that started to choke while eating her food. Our school secretary jump on to help to the student and performed the Heimlich maneuver. The student was able to dislodge the food item after first aid was administered. With out proper training to our staff who know what could have happened if the staff waited for me to enter into the cafeteria. I am very blessed to have a staff that cares about safety and health of our students just as much as I do. These are our children while they are away from their parents and we care for them just as if they were our own."
Mary Jane Cote
Lincoln, Rhode Island
"I have been a registered nurse for over 22 years and have been at my current position of child care health consultant for 9.5 years with The Children's Workshop. I have been teaching CPR and First Aid for the past 5 years and I always tell my students that infant/ child first aid for choking is so important as we have 19 centers with children ranging in age from 2 months to 13 years old. We did have an infant age 11 months choke recently on bread that had become lodged in the back of her throat. The bread was from a soft pizza crust and she had squirreled some away in her cheek while eating her lunch. Several minutes after our feeding time she showed obvious signs of distress and choking. One of our infant staff knew exactly what to do and successfully helped her. Other than being frightened she was perfectly fine. Thank you."
Paterson, New Jersey
"As a charter school, Community Charter School of Paterson is an independent public school governed by a 7-member Board of Trustees consisting of parents, community members, and representatives of New Jersey Community Development Corporation. Our small class sizes, dedicated teachers and administrators, and our commitment to student achievement make CCSP a special place. We also feature a strong focus on connection to the community and ensuring that everyone at CCSP is an advocate for our students and families. This morning, 11/7/13 Dr. Dolci, Vice Principal, performed the Heimlich maneuver when a 2nd grade student was choking on a piece of muffin. Miss Tiffany and Miss Waker were right at her side as they knew exactly what to do. I am so proud of our staff who are trained in First Aid. Student is doing fine. Thank you Dr. Dolci, you saved a life today!!!!!!"
Go to www.schoolhealth.com/everydayheroes to submit your own story.
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The 2013 Pink Glove Dance Competition, hosted by Medline, is designed to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer research. For the past few years, volunteer dancers wearing the famous Pink Gloves got together, choreographed videos set to select songs, to compete for the most votes.
This year, the Pink Glove Dance received 110 videos, in which more than 80,000 people participated! More than 500,000 votes were tallied among the videos, and to date, over 20 million people have viewed Pink Glove Dance videos.
This year, Medline asked participants to team up with at least one other organization to create a video. They were also asked to raise at least $2,000 for charity. Overall, teams raised and donated nearly $1,000,000 to breast cancer and cancer charities across the country.
To encourage schools to get involved with the Pink Glove Dance, School Health Corporation sponsored a special School Award to the top three entries with a participating school. The School Award recipients receive a School Health Gift Card and a charity donation to the charity of their choice. The School Health Gift Card can be used by the school to purchase health and medical supplies for their school.
1st Place: $500 School Health Gift Card / $500 Charity Donation
2nd Place: $375 School Health Gift Card / $375 Charity Donation
3rd Place: $250 School Health Gift Card / $250 Charity Donation
Congratulations to the following teams!
1st Place Overall / 1st Place School Award
Geisinger Health Systems
School Partners: Danville Area High School, Hughesville High School, Southern Columbia High School and Bloomsburg University
Charity Partner: American Cancer Society
3rd Place Overall / 2nd Place School Award
Mary Greeley Medical Center
School Partners: Iowa State and Ames High School
Charity Partner: Colleges Against Cancer
4th Most Votes and Honorable Mention for the Most People in a Video / 3rd Place School Award
Baptist Health Paducah
School Partners:McCracken County High School, Paducah Tilghman High School, Mayfield High School
Charity Partner: Kentucky Cancer Program’s Horses and Hope
A Quick Reference Guide to Choosing a Stethoscope and Aneroid Sphygmomanometer That is Right for You
About School Health Stethoscopes and Aneroid Sphygmomanometers
When designing our School Health Professional stethoscopes and aneroid sphygmomanometers, we made sure to create products that would provide the clinical accuracy and dependable quality needed for today’s school nurse professional – but at the lowest price. Knowing the key differences in our diagnostic products will help you choose the right stethoscopes and aneroid sphygmomanometers for your nursing needs.
School Health Stethoscopes At-A-Glance
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the difference between a single head and dual head chestpiece?
A: A single head chestpiece has both the diaphragm and bell on one side and is ideal for basic assessment, including taking blood pressure. Pulses, breath sounds and some cardiac sounds should be clearly audible using a single head chestpiece.
A dual head chestpiece has the diaphragm on one side and the bell on the other, offering more versatility. The smaller bell side is used to listen to low-frequency lung sounds, while the larger flat side is used to hear higher-frequency heart sounds.
Q: What is the difference between single tubing versus double tubing?
A: Single tubing has one tube that runs from the chestpiece to the earpiece. Double tubing (Sprague Rappaport-Type) features two tubes for each ear which provides a higher acoustical quality.
School Health Sphygmomanometers At-A-Glance
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What is the difference between a standard air valve and deluxe air valve?
A: The deluxe air release valve has a filter screen in the end valve for improved, more precise deflation control, and the standard does not.
A School Nurse Put Remedy Skin Repair Cream to the Test
Shop Now for Remedy Skin Repair Cream for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals>>
"I have been using the Skin Repair Cream for ten days. As a nurse, I wash my hands continually and therefore have frequent issues with dry and cracked skin. The cream absorbs rapidly and provides moisture for hours. When applying the cream, it is not oily and does not leave a sticky residue on your skin.
Even if the skin on my hands is not dry and or cracking, my cuticles always tend to be dry. When using regular lotions, I use an oil or cream to moisturize my cuticles. While using this cream, I have not had to use any additional products on my cuticles.
I had a torn cuticle that was red and extremely tender. I applied the lotion three times during the school day. By the end of the day, it was barely pink and not tender at all!
I previewed the scented cream. The fragrance was pleasantly subtle and not overwhelming. The unscented cream would be a great option for healthcare providers and those with fragrance sensitivities."
Product Review by Amy Whaley, R.N.
District Nurse, Bloomington Independent School District
Remedy Skin Repair Cream has a variety of uses in addition to working well as a hand cream. Remedy can also be used on the face, body and legs. It is specially formulated for people who are at-risk for skin breakdown. It works great as a daily therapy to help moisturize and protect delicate skin, and also provides relief to skin affected by sunburn, itching or dryness.
Remedy Skin Repair Cream contains twice as much Olivamine as any other product - Olivamine is a blend of antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins and methylsulfonylmethan, which are all known to play a vital role in basic cellular construction and protection.
Remedy will not interfere with the antimicrobial properties of CHG (Chlorhexidine Gluconate), and can be used before or after washing with CHG products. It can also be used with Latex gloves without degrading them.
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This blog was written for School Health by Jen Repovsch, Au.D., an audiologist with Maico Diagnostics in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Before joining Maico in 2004, she worked as an educational audiologist in the state of Arizona serving and advocating for children with hearing loss.
Technology Has Changed….Is Your Hearing Screening Equipment Up-To-Date?
Technology changes and advances at an incredible rate. So fast sometimes that it is difficult to keep up! Luckily all of these advances benefit medical devices too, including devices used to screen hearing. You may ask, how can an audiometer change? Isn’t a hearing screening just a hearing screening? With recent advances in digital technology, audiometers and other hearing screening devices can be made smaller, lighter and pack in more features to make testing even simpler and more efficient. Today, it is easier than ever to find a hearing screening device that meets your needs. Follow the below steps to help select the best audiometer for your program:
Step 1: Identify Your State’s Requirements
The first step in choosing an audiometer for your screening program is to find out if your state has any special requirements. Some states require specific frequency or level ranges, for example. It is always a good idea to first contact your state health department to make sure you have up to date information before choosing an audiometer for your program. You will want to make sure that any equipment you purchase fulfills those requirements for your state guidelines. Once you are comfortable with your state’s requirements, you can explore different audiometer features to decide what will work best for your needs.
Step 2: Determine if Your Audiometer Needs to be Easy to Transport
The next question to take into account is where you will be using the equipment. You may want to consider if the equipment needs to be portable or stationary, or if you will have access to an electrical outlet at the test site. Some audiometers, such as the MAICO MA 25 air-conduction audiometer, have the option to run on either battery or electrical outlet while delivering fully calibrated digital tones for accurate hearing screens. This allows ultimate flexibility if the audiometer will be used in several locations.
Step 3: Consider What Age Groups You Will Be Screening
The age group that you will be screening may also influence your equipment decision. If you will be screening pre-school aged children, you may want to consider an audiometer that includes additional tests geared toward younger children. One example is the Pilot Test Audiometer by MAICO Diagnostics. This air-conduction audiometer includes a standard pure-tone test as well as select picture audiometry. Children listen to speech and point to the correct picture while the speech gets softer and softer. Both the pure-tone test and select picture audiometry test are housed in one portable unit, allowing for flexibility in test method.
If a full-feature audiometer is required to perform air, bone and speech testing, you may want to consider one that has built-in speech files. With digital technology, calibrated speech files can now be embedded into the audiometer, eliminating the need for separate CD’s and an external CD player. This is especially convenient if you are testing at more than one location. These speech files are now available in portable stand-alone audiometers and don’t even require a computer. These files can also include speech-in-noise testing and allow the operator to score the test right on the audiometer. One example is the new MAICO MA 41. This completely updated air-bone-speech audiometer comes with a carrying case and weighs in at only 2.7 pounds, making this an entirely portable system. Built-in wave files and patient storage ensure accurate testing and flexible data management options while maintaining traditional audiometry dial controls.
Step 4: Choose the Desired Format for Your Test Results
Another option to consider is how you plan to handle your test results. Do you prefer hand writing results and storing in a paper file, or do you prefer uploading results directly into an electronic format to store on a computer or server? Many audiometers now have capabilities of storing results in digital file or directly interfacing with a computer. For example, the MAICO MA 25e audiometer directly interfaces with certain EMR software programs used to store test results into a computer database along with other important medical records. Other audiometers come with computer modules that allow the test equipment to interface with a computer and store data into several different types of databases. While others, such as the MAICO MA 41, even allow data to be stored as a PDF or directly to a flash drive for easy transfer of results at a later date. With all of the changes to electronic health records, it is important to consider how you will handle your test results when purchasing an audiometer for your hearing screening program.
Free Help Selecting an Audiometer
Whatever your situation, there is an audiometer available to meet your needs, from portable to desk-top models, screening to diagnostic versions. It’s important to know what type of screening or testing you need to accomplish and in what environment(s) the equipment will be used. Armed with this information, you will find the perfect audiometer for your situation! Visit the School Health website to view the full line of MAICO screening audiometers and products or request a free consultation and download the 7 ways to screen using play audiometry >>