Resource of the month: ACECQA fact sheet for managing children’s special health needs
Together with World Allergy Week having only completed, as well as Food Allergy Week round the corner, startingblocks.gov.au— a self-described “government source for families looking for trusted information on early childhood education and care” — recently published a new advisory fact sheet on this issue of handling children’s special health needs.
The source, delivered by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), calls for child education and care providers to work with parents of kids who have special health should be certain that they have been “safely and safely included”. The document is delivered in the context of the newly implemented National Quality Framework and National Quality Standard for early childhood education, childcare and ‘outside school hours care’ providers across Australia.
The document lays out the duties for both parents and service providers when it comes to ensuring medical information and processes are up-to-date and accessible by all applicable parties — especially during an event or emergency:
- For Parents: “Providing clear and accurate information to your child’s service provider is essential to ensure your child is kept healthy and secure in childcare”
- For support suppliers: “Services have a responsibility of care for each child and must make sure that they protect their health and safety at all times”
4 takeaways: Managing children’s special health needs
The article then outlines the specific steps care providers and parents need to adhere to in order to fulfill industry regulations and guarantee children with special health needs could be assisted in the event of emergency.
There are four key takeaways:
- Make medical info and documentation available: Parents have to be upfront regarding all health conditions and prerequisites for their kids. Staff used by service suppliers have to be accurately informed with the most up-to-date advice available concerning the individual needs of each child whatsoever times.
- Confidentiality should be kept: The fact sheet also says that “The info that you [parents] supply about your son or daughter must be kept confidential and will only be shared with all the staff who want it to encourage your kid’s health, wellbeing and safety”.
- Develop consistent care strategies and processes: Service suppliers need to ensure any individual caring for a young child with special health needs can, at any time, take the right prescribed actions in the event of medical event or crisis.
- Share between people and institutions with a duty-of-care for your child: Parents should endeavour to make sure that emergency contact info and action programs are shared with , and between, all relevant childcare and healthcare providers.
How can CareMonkey help?
The ACECQA fact sheet makes it crystal clear to a child’s emergency contacts and medical management data need to be gathered, stored, accessed and shared with a secure, system-driven approach. It’s the only viable method to realistically fulfill all needs outlined. Paper documents locked in someone’s filing cabinet, or non-shareable on line info, just will not do.
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However, it’s not only regulatory guidelines and expectations that are increasing. So also is the ratio of children with health problems, in addition to incidents related to those health conditions which lead to hospitalisation.
Increase in child hospitalisation rates due to infectious reactions
Recent study by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI), reported by ABC Online, found that more kids in Australia are being hospitalised with “potentially fatal” food allergies more than previously.
The MCRI study revealed a startling 50 per cent rise in hospital admissions for children with anaphylaxis and other “potentially life-threatening” allergic reactions.
in the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA), food allergy symptoms Specifically affects one in 20 kids in Australia. Moreover, ASCIA states that “Hospital admissions for severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) have skyrocketed during the previous ten years from Australia, USA and UK.” The worst thing is sadly earmarked for Australia, with admissions for anaphylactic reactions caused by food allergies increasing by a factor of five during precisely the same period (kids aged zero to four decades).
However, Australia is not alone, together with studies performed by the US institute of Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), signaling that hospitalisation prices in America caused by child food allergies climbed distance between the late 1990s and also mid-2000s. An analysis commissioned by US federation of insurance businesses, Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), found that the number of American children diagnosed as “in danger” of an anaphylaxis incident more than doubled by 2010 to 2016, increasing by 104 percent.
The amount of emergency room visits as a result of anaphylactic responses increased by 150 percent of the same period.
Increased percent of children with illness and allergies
Somewhat unsurprisingly, increased hospitalisation rates for child allergies is mirrored by an increasing incidence of allergies amongst kids in general people.
Joint study from MCRI and the Australian Centre of Food and Allergy Research, involving 5276 kids and published during Food Allergy Week 2017, found that child allergy rates in Australia are among the highest in the world.
“Overall, 40 to 50 percent of this population-based cohort experienced symptoms of allergic disease in the first four decades of the lifetime,” explained the study’s lead author, Dr Rachel Peterssaid “The incidence of infectious disease among four-year-old children [in Australia] is unusually large.”
More broadly, the 2012 Longitudinal Study of Australian Children Annual Statistical Report described the “allergy epidemic” as “a significant public health issue predominantly facing Western nations, including Australia.” The report cited “rapid increase” in allergic conditions over the three decades prior to its release, saying that it was “most about” that nearly all food allergies predominantly affect kids.
The same FARE study reported that child food allergies in the usa also have improved dramatically. According to its findings, almost six million American kids (1 in 13) suffer from food allergies, with “the incidence of food allergies in children increasing by 50 percent between 1997 and 2011”.
More especially, the ratio of US children with nut allergies increased between 1997 and 2008. The result? Around 40 percent of US kids with food allergies also have endured a “serious allergic reaction” (such as anaphylaxis), which required hospitalisation.
Where to next: Food Allergy Week 2018, May 13 — 19
So, with Food Allergy Week about the horizon, we also invite you to utilize this knowledge campaign as an chance to revaluate your systems and processes that facilitate the security of children with diagnosed medical needs — make sure you a parent or support supplier.