Health Office

Instructor: Carrie Bloomer   
Our health office is staffed with a full time registered nurse, Carrie Bloomer, R.N.

 

The EHE Nurse's Office provides health care, health education, and support to your children. The number one goal is to help your children receive the best education, which is directly related to how well they feel. In addition, Ms. Bloomer is here to be a resource for health information for the families of our students.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us in the Nurse’s Office. Our phone number is 891-8526 x 2. Your own physician’s office is also a very good resource to use.

Health News
Flumist/Injectable Clinic rescheduled for Fri 1/22/16
The Flumist/Injectable Clinic has been rescheduled for Friday 1/22/16 during school. Thank you so much for your patience. If your child has already turned in the consent form, they are scheduled for administration of the flu vaccine in the CTT room on that date. We will be asking each individual student if they have already received the vaccine or feel free to call us to let us know.
Increase in Gastrointestinal Illness
Department of Health Reports Increase in Gastrointestinal Illness

(Santa Fe) – The New Mexico Department of Health has seen an increase in clusters of gastrointestinal illness. Over the past couple of weeks, there has been increased activity seen in Bernalillo County, particularly in schools. Investigations so far suggest that the illnesses may be caused by norovirus.
Norovirus is highly contagious and causes more than 21 million cases of acute gastroenteritis in the U.S. each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastrointestinal illness and foodborne-related illness in the U.S. The Department is recommending that everyone take precautions, especially around the very young, elderly and immunocompromised who are at risk for more serious illness due to norovirus infection. The Department does not track individual cases of norovirus.
Noroviruses cause inflammation of the stomach and intestines. It is often mistakenly referred to as the “stomach flu”. Common symptoms of norovirus infection include vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramping. Less common symptoms can include low-grade fever or chills, headache, and muscle aches. Symptoms usually begin 1 or 2 days after exposure to the virus.

The virus spreads primarily through close contact with infected people, such as caring for someone who is ill. It can also spread through contaminated food, water and hard surfaces. The best ways to reduce the risk of norovirus infection are through proper hand washing, safe food handling, and good hygiene.
“Washing your hands is one of the best ways to protect yourself from viruses that are circulating,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward, MPH. “If you have norovirus infection, stay home to avoid passing it on to others and keep away from people in hospitals and long-term care facilities.”
Most people recover in one or two days and have no long-term health effects. People with norovirus should drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration, which can be a concern in the very young, the elderly, or people with weakened immune systems.

To decrease the risk of getting a norovirus infection, the department recommends that you:
· Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds
o After using the bathroom
o After changing diapers
o Before preparing foods
o Before eating
· Wash your hands more often when someone in your household is sick
· Clean and disinfect surfaces with a household bleach solution immediately after vomiting or diarrheal accidents
People working in healthcare, food service, day care or schools who become ill should remain at home for a minimum of 48 to 72 hours following the last vomiting or diarrheal episode.

Noroviruses are found in the stool (feces) or vomit of infected people. From there, noroviruses can be transferred to food, water, or surfaces by the hands of infected people who have not washed adequately after using the bathroom. For more information, visit http://nmhealth.org/about/erd/ideb/noro/.
Health Office Procedures
The health room is a facility where sick or injured students are triaged, assessed, treated and/or referred for further treatment. It is staffed with a State Department of Education licensed school nurse or trained health assistant at all times.
All efforts will be made to return a student to class if deemed appropriate by the health office staff. A student may be considered a candidate for exclusion from school or from the school bus at the discretion of the health room staff. Reasons for exclusion from school or bus may include, but are not limited to: vomiting, diarrhea, fever of 100 degrees or greater, significant injury, or symptoms not responding to treatment. Children may not return to school until they are free of the above symptoms for 24 hours without the aid of symptom reducing medications such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
All medication will be dispensed according to the Rio Rancho Public Schools medication policy and procedure:
1) Prescription medications will be dispensed in the health office when accompanied by a completed Medication Authorization form, and the medication is in its original pharmacy labeled container.
2) In the case of over-the-counter medication, the parent will provide the medication in an original sealed container and complete an “Over the Counter” Medication Authorization form.
A complete copy of this Policy and Procedure can be obtained via the internet at www.rrps.net or at your child’s school health office.
Students who are placed on antibiotics by their physician must remain at home for the first 24 hours of therapy.
In the case of a serious illness or accident, every effort will be made to contact the parent or guardian. Parents and/or guardians are responsible for updating the emergency card if there are any changes during the school year. If the student’s condition appears to be an emergency, the Rio Rancho Emergency Medical System (911) will be called. The decision to transport a student to a local health care facility will be made by the Emergency Medical staff, unless the parent or guardian is present.
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