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ERIC Number: ED369613
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Developing Medical and Educational Partnerships in School Settings To Meet Health-Related and Educational Needs of Students Who Are Medically Fragile: How Can Rural Schools Catch That Elusive Rainbow?
Bartlett, Cheryl R.; And Others
Federal legislation supports participation in the public schools by children who are medically fragile and technology dependent. These children require specialized technological health care procedures for life support and/or health support during the school day. Inclusion in safe school environments that facilitate effective learning requires careful planning by a coalition of educational and medical personnel. Guidelines for professionals to provide specialized health care to children who are medically fragile in school settings are generally nonexistent. Modes of service delivery vary from site to site, with paraprofessionals sometimes performing medical procedures. There is a need for national consensus regarding which professionals or paraprofessionals should implement specific procedures and what training or certification is required to ensure safe delivery of health-related services. There is also a need for the medical and education communities to collaboratively plan, develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive program for the safe, effective transition from hospital to school as well as the ongoing inclusion of the child in the community school. This collaboration could be accomplished by involving school health nurses on a medico-educational team. A model coalition of medical and educational personnel is the statewide Coalition for Students Who Are Medically Fragile and Technologically Dependent in Alabama. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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