NEW ORLEANS — In this video exclusive, Anastasia Albanese-O’Neill, PhD, ARNP, CDE, assistant professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Florida Health, discusses the American Diabetes Association’s Safe at School campaign that began in 2004 to ensure that all children with type 1 diabetes are medically safe at school.
According to Albanese-O’Neill, the campaign is based on three key elements. First is ensuring that everyone in the school is aware of diabetes in general. Second, all school nurses must be trained and aware of how to treat a child with type 1 diabetes if there is an emergency. In cases where no school nurse is present, other trained staff members must be available. Lastly, children who have the ability to self-manage, should be allowed to do so.