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Welcome to Mrs. Rok's Health Room!

 

Hours:  7:15 A.M. - 2 P.M.

Phone:  (508) 336-0311 ext. 119

Email:  rokp@seekonkschools.org

Please call or email any health concerns or updates.

Important New Laws Regarding Head Injuries
The Massachusetts Dept. of Health has released new laws regarding Head Injuries and Concussions in Extracurricular Athletic Activities.  It is extremely important that any student who has a suspected head injury from participating in school activities be evaluated by a health professional and refrain from participation until cleared by a physician.

Please review the complete law and contact Mrs. Rok with any questions.


Information about MRSA:

 MRSA and staph infections are spread by direct skin-to-skin contact or other direct contact with the skin of another person.   Staph is also spread by contact with items that have been touched by people with staph, like towels shared after bathing and drying off, or shared athletic equipment in gym or on the field.

  1.  Pimples, rashes, pus-filled boils, especially when warm, painful, red or swollen, can indicate a staph skin infection.
  2. Staph, including MRSA, can also cause more serious infections such as severe skin infection, surgical wound infections, bloodstream infections and pneumonia.  The symptoms could include high fever, swelling, heat and pain around a wound, headache, fatigue and others.
  3. Staph infections starts when staph get into a cut, scrape or other break in the skin.

What should I do if I think I have a staph infection?

  1.  The only way to tell the difference between MRSA and other staph infections is with lab tests.  Lab tests will also help your doctor decide which antibiotic should be used for treatment, if antibiotic treatment is necessary.
  2. Your doctor will usually take a sample or swab from the infected area.  The sample will be sent to a lab to see if the infection is caused by staph.  Blood and other body fluids can also be tested for staph.

How are MRSA infections treated?

  1.  Most MRSA skin infections are treated with good wound and skin care:  keeping the area clean and dry, washing your hands after caring for the area, carefully disposing of any bandages, and allowing your body to heal.
  2. Sometimes treatment requires the use of antibiotics.  If antibiotics are prescribed, it is important to use the medication as directed unless your doctor tells you to stop.  If the infection has not improved within a few days after seeing your doctor, contact your doctor again.

 

Prevention of staph infection and MRSA

  1.  Regular hand washing is the best way to prevent getting and spreading staph, including MRSA.  Keep your hands clean by washing them frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially after direct contact with another person’s skin.
  2. Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until they have healed.
  3. Avoid contact with other people’s wounds or bandages.
  4. Avoid sharing personal items such as towels, washcloths, toothbrushes and razors.  Sharing these items may transfer staph from one person to another.
  5. Keep your skin healthy, and avoid getting dry, cracked skin, especially during the winter.  Healthy skin helps to keep the staph on the surface of your skin from causing an infection underneath your skin.
  6. Contact your doctor if you have a skin infection that does not improve.

 

References:  www.mass.gov/dph;   www.cdc.gov/mrsa

All medications, Epi-pens, inhalers and necessary medical supplies are due in to the health room on the first day of school.   Appropriate forms are required to administer medications.  See attached forms for prescribed medications, over-the-counter medications, physicals, and nursing care plans.

* Authorization for prescription medication (**REQUIRED for any medication given during school hours)

Asthma action plan

Cardiac disorder action plan

* Diabetes care plan

* Massachusetts Physical  Exam form (optional-may use form from private physician)

* Medication care plan (for non-medical person to dispense medication)

* MIAA Sports Medical form (optional for sports; required if physical is performed by the school doctor)

Migraine action plan

Over-the-Counter Medication form

* Seizure disorder: Action Plan form; Observation Record; Questionnaire for Parent 

Severe allergy (Epi-pen):  Permission form;  Action Plan form;

Parent questionnaire; Physician questionnaire