Camp Nejeda Medical Forms & Policies
Our goal is to keep the campers out of the Health Center and in their activities. There are few problems that require a camper to stay in the Health Center. Minor illnesses will be cared for at camp. Major illnesses/and other problems, such as fractures and lacerations, will be cared for at Newton Medical Center. Parents do not need to be notified of a minor illness, but will be called for major illnesses/problems (see below).”Homesickness” is not a medical problem and will be handled by the camp director and counselors.
The medical staff is available 24 hours a day for emergencies. Non-emergency problems and follow-up care, will be handled only during sick call hours, which are from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (after breakfast). All routine medications are dispensed during meals by each cabin nurse. Nurses must watch each camper swallow each pill. Medication cards will be made out on Intake Day, and camper meds will be stored in locked cabinets in the Health Center. Controlled medicines are stored in a lockbox to which only the Charge Nurse and Assistant Charge Nurse have keys.
The Senior on Duty (SOD) is often needed to find a camper scheduled for Health Center follow-up. The SOD schedule (day and night) along with their cell phone numbers will be kept at the HC desk.
CONTINUOUS GLUCOSE MONITORS (CGM)
While CGMs potentially reduce the risk of missing important hypo- or hyperglycemia, they also increase the burden on the campers, counselors and medical staff. They are only FDA approved for use in addition to routine monitoring (not as a replacement) because they are not as accurate as blood glucose monitors. In addition to “managing” an extra device, CGMs require responding to their alarms, which requires at least one check of blood glucose with a meter. Since CGMs monitor the glucose surrounding the cells (interstitial) instead of blood glucose, the readings are delayed by about 15 minutes compared to blood glucose.
This policy and procedure is intended to allow the maximum benefit from CGMs with the least effort for the camper, counselor and medical staff.