Minnesota Guidelines for Medication Administration in Schools - May 2005

(Updated: September 2005)

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Minnesota Guidelines for Medication Administration in Schools - May 2005

The Minnesota Guidelines for Medication Administration in Schools has just been released. The guidelines were developed collaboratively by the Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, and Human Services; the Minnesota Board of Nursing; and a statewide multidisciplinary work group. You will find the full text at: www.health.state.mn.us/divs/cfh/shs/pubs/medadmin/

Student access to medication while at school, to appropriately treat illness, acute or chronic, enhances attendance and reduces a potential barrier to educational success. MDH coordinated the effort to design a state system for the safe administration of prescription and nonprescription medications in schools. These guidelines outline a baseline expectation of what ultimately needs to be in place statewide for students to receive state and efficacious administration of medications to students in schools. It is the starting point for districts to develop or revise their policies and procedures around medication administrations within their schools.

In developing the document, a broad search and rigorous evaluation of pertinent literature, including numerous states’ standards and guidelines, and analysis of key concepts were conducted and included. While the guidelines are evidence supported, every effort was made to include expert opinion based on practice.

These guidelines serve as an update to the Minnesota Legislature on the study recommendations discussed in the Report to the Minnesota Legislature: Medications Dispensed in Schools Study (Minnesota Department of Health, 2002).