Welcome to the Anthony Burns Clinic Website. My name is Patti McClelland and I am excited to be a part of the Dragon Family as your School Nurse. I have been a nurse for over 25 years, including 16 years in pediatric nursing with 10 of them previously as a school nurse. My nursing education includes a Master's Degree in Nursing Education and Certification as a Medical-Surgical Nurse. Please feel free to reach out to me with any concerns that you may have regarding your child's health. I may be reached at (540) 658-6800 or by email : firstname.lastname@example.org
FEBRUARY IS SCOLIOSIS MONTH
SCOLIOSIS FACTS FOR PARENTS
In accordance with Virginia State law, parents of students in grades five through ten will receive this yearly information sheet containing important facts about Scoliosis and Scoliosis screening. Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature or turning of the spine. It affects 2-3% of the population or an estimated 700,000 people in the United States. If left untreated, scoliosis can progress to a serious problem, causing back pain and degenerative arthritis of the spine. It may lead to disk disease or sciatica. It can also threaten the psychological well-being of a young adult when there is an obvious deformity.
Although scoliosis may result from an injury, a birth defect, or a crippling disease, 80% of cases are from unknown causes. It may run in families and affects girls seven times more often than boys. It most frequently develops during the growth spurt between ages 10 and 15, but can also develop or progress later in life. Early detection and intervention may prevent further structural deformity and resulting secondary problems.
Scoliosis screening is an observation of the student’s spine while standing as well as performing a forward bend. A scoliometer, a device for measuring the amount of abnormal curvature in the spine, may also be used during screening. Treatment of scoliosis varies between no treatments needed, bracing of the spine, to spinal fusion surgery.
Since the development of scoliosis is gradual and usually painless, scoliosis may develop without the parent or child being aware. It is important for parents to monitor their child’s development during these growing years and have students checked by the family physician routinely. The signs of scoliosis may include uneven shoulders, a shoulder blade that appears more prominent than the other, uneven waistline creases, one hip higher than the other, and/or a leaning to one side develop without the parent or child being aware. It is important for parents to monitor their child’s development during these growing years and have students checked by the family physician routinely. The signs of scoliosis may include uneven shoulders, a shoulder blade that appears more prominent than the other, uneven waistline creases, one hip higher than the other, and/or a leaning to one side.
If you have concerns about your child’s spinal health, contact your family health care provider or school nurse for follow up. If you do not have a primary care physician, with your written permission, the school nurse can provide an initial screening. Should further evaluation be necessary she can direct you to other health care resources.
MEDICATION /TREATMENT ADMINISTRATIONIn compliance with SCPS policy, we do not administer or supervise prescription or over the counter medications ormedical treatments without a physician's order and written parent/guardian permission. The first does or administrationof any medication or treatment should be done at home. A new permission form must be completed annuallyand on file at the school clinic for any medication/treatment administered at school or during school activities.Most frequently use health care plans and the medication/treatment forms are on the Health Services Linkat the top of this pageIndividual arrangements need to be made for transporting medication to and from the school.It is preferred that students do not transport medication to or from school. All medicationsmust be presented in their original pharmacy container with the students name, name of themedication, name of prescribing physician, and dosage with beginning and ending date.This medication must be accompanied by the physician's medication order and parentalpermission for administration.Medication/treatments for after school activities (such as sports) and field trips must also followthe above guidelines. We are willing to accommodate your student's health needs but would needprior notice for activities after school and field trips. Please contact the school nurse at your student'sschool to arrange for these needs in advance.All medications/supplies must be picked up by patents by the last day of school or they will bediscarded by school personnel.HEALTH CENTER SERVICESThe following products have been approved for use by the School Health Advisory Committee and theRappahannock Emergency Medical Services Council as first aid and illness treatments:
Generic forms of the above may be substituted.School Nurse will do an assessment on students who visit the clinic, administer first aid as needed , and assiststudents in returning to class, ready to learn. School nurses and building designees have protocols form a localphysician and the Rappahannock Area School Health TEAM for emergency medications for Asthma Episodesand Severe Allergic Reactions which occur during the school day at the school site. These emergency situationswould 911 transport to an ER.
- Antibiotic ointment
- Calamine Lotion
- Chloraseptic Spray
- First Aid Cream
- Hand Lotion
- Isotonic Eyewash
- Saline Contact Solution
MEDICAL EXCLUSIONS FROM SCHOOL/REASONS TO STAY HOME FROM SCHOOL
- Nurse's judgment or parental discretion
- Fever over 100 orally within 24hr without fever reducing medications
- Active vomiting within 24hr
- Diarrhea within 24hr
- Swollen or painful joints from injury
- Severe earache
- Suspected contagious diseases (until on treatment for 24 - 48hrs)
- chicken pox
- Flu or viral symptoms
- conjunctivitis (pink eye) with drainage
- pediculosis (head lice)
- undiagnosed rashes
- untreated and uncovered ringworm
- Injury or illness requiring further immediate treatment. Antibiotic treatments of less than 24 hours and possibility that student may be communicable to others.