California Education Department Working on Rules for Insulin Shots
California Department of Education lawyers are revising current guidelines for insulin administration after a judge ruled in November that only trained nurses can administer insulin to diabetic children in the state's public schools, according to department spokesperson Tina Woo Jung, the Ventura County Star reports (Hernandez, Ventura County Star, 1/13).
The ruling overturned a 2007 measure that allowed trained school staff -- in addition to nurses -- to administer insulin shots (California Healthline, 11/17/08).
Woo Jung said that schools have not received new guidance on the rules.
State schools superintendant Jack O'Connell (D) has voiced concerns about the ruling's implications, writing in an e-mail, "The court's ruling may bring confusion to our schools, and we are concerned it could put parents and students with diabetes in jeopardy of not getting services they need" (Ventura County Star, 1/13).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.