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A public health expert, Stephan Hittmann once oversaw all school medical services for over one million students in the New York City public schools. In an interview, Dr. Hittmann answered questions ...

A public health expert, Stephan Hittmann once oversaw all school medical services for over one million students in the New York City public schools. In an interview, Dr. Hittmann answered questions about school-based medical treatment and student health care.

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  • Medical Treatment inSchools (Part 1 of 2) By Dr. Stephan Hittmann
  • Medical Treatment in Schools (Part 1 of 2) A public health expert, Stephan Hittmannonce oversaw all school medical servicesfor over one million students in the NewYork City public schools. In an interview,Dr. Hittmann answered questions aboutschool-based medical treatment andstudent health care. 
  • Medical Treatment in Schools (Part 1 of 2) Question: Are we facing a crisis in school-based health care? Stephan Hittmann: Indeed we are. Currently, 25 percent ofAmerican school districts have no medical personnel on staff, andonly 45 percent of schools have a registered nurse. School nursesprovide countless essential services, from identifying ill students,preventing the spread of infection, treating minor illnesses andinjuries, and performing other tasks, the cumulative effect of whichis to enhance public health while increasing instructional time. In addition, many students today have chronic conditions thatrequire oversight from a medical professional such as a nurse, or anoccupational or physical therapist. 
  • Medical Treatment in Schools (Part 1 of 2)Question: How has the field of school nursing changed in the last 20years? Stephan Hittmann: Today, school nurses routinely cope withserious illnesses like diabetes, asthma, obesity, and heart disease.Many schools stock epinephrine injectors for children whoexperience hyper-allergic reactions, and school personnel routinelytrain on CPR and maintain automated external defibrillators (AEDs)in their buildings. To further complicate this situation, with many families in the currenteconomy having lost jobs, and therefore health insurance, its theschool nurse who, in many high-needs areas, is the only healthprovider that children ever see. That means school medical staffaren’t just cleaning cuts and calling home when a child has a fever.They’re also immunizing, diagnosing illnesses, performing nutritionalcounseling, and countless other tasks, all of which are essential life-saving and life-enhancing services. 
  • Medical Treatment in Schools (Part 1 of 2)In the second part of this article, Dr.Hittmann will discuss how some schoolsare delivering better medical treatment.
  • Medical Treatment in Schools (Part 1 of 2)In the second part of this article, Dr.Hittmann will discuss how some schoolsare delivering better medical treatment.