{Diabetes at School} Glucagon Tips

by Leighann on August 15, 2013

Diabetes At School

School is going to be here before we know it (darn!) and parents are already thinking about sending their child with diabetes to school. If you are new to diabetes, your child is going to school for the first time, or you are a seasoned pro, join me in the coming weeks as I share some posts from the archives as well as new content.

Please remember that I never give medical advice. Ask your endocrinologist or pediatrician for advice about your own child. Make your own informed decisions for your own child.

Glucagon Tips

Earlier this week I described how I use expired glucagon kits to train our school staff each fall. Today I have a little more info and tips to share.

Half Dose or Full Dose?

Q was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of three and was a tiny little thing. We were instructed to mix all of the glucagon and only inject half. It didn’t occur to me until I was filling out the FIFTEEN page diabetes medical management plan (DMMP) for the school year that maybe she needs the full dose. The endo and CDE have never said to start giving her the full amount. I looked it up on Lilly’s website and lo and behold, her weight indicates that she should be getting the full dose. Maybe all endos should actually TELL their patients when they get to be over 44 pounds to start using the full dose!

From the Glucagon website: “The usual adult dose is 1 mg (1 unit). For children weighing less than 44 lb (20 kg), give 1/2 adult dose (0.5 mg). For children, withdraw 1/2 of the solution from the bottle (0.5 mg mark on syringe). Discard unused portion.”

(Ask your healthcare team what dose your child should get.)

Glucagon Label

All these years that we were supposed to give a half dose (or thought she was still supposed to get the half dose), I labelled the red glucagon boxes to try to help us or caregivers remember. I used a simple labelmaker.

GlucagonGlucagon App

Did you know that there is a Glucagon App for your iPhone? I downloaded it sometime in the past year, but when I train teachers this year I am going to make a point of telling them about the app and suggesting that they download it too.

The app has a tutorial and training video as well as step by step “emergency instructions” and a button to call 911. This could be very helpful for caregivers or school personnel in an emergency since they will likely not remember how to use it.

Within the app you can even manage your kits by entering in the location and expiration of your kits. You can set a reminder as the expiration approaches.

Glucagon App

And Another Thing…

I describe our 2-page instruction sheet in Kids First, Diabetes Second.

{Diabetes at School } 504 Plan

Read more posts about Diabetes at School.

504 Plans (Sanofi The DX): I asked Crystal Jackson, who works in Government Affairs & Legal Advocacy for the American Diabetes Association, for some advice about 504 plans.

ADA Read the Safe at School: Safety and Fairness for Children with Diabetes information and learn about your legal rights for your child at school.

JDRF You can request a School Advisory Toolkit and can also ask that a mentor contact you.

Children With Diabetes Sample 504 plans by age that you can download.

Please remember that I never give medical advice. Ask your endocrinologist or pediatrician for advice about your own child. Make your own informed decisions for your own child.

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