New Jersey - Chronic Conditions—asthma plan: Policy requirement

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
regulation; statute
Summary: 

State law addresses asthma plan.

N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.1 Health services policy and procedural requirements

(a) Each district board of education shall develop and adopt the following written policies, procedures, and mechanisms for the provision of health, safety, and medical emergency services, and shall ensure staff are informed as appropriate:

    1. The treatment of asthma in the school setting, which shall include, but not be limited to, the following requirements:
      • i. Each school nurse shall be authorized to administer asthma medication through use of a nebulizer pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.8(a);
      • ii. Each school nurse shall receive training in airway management and in the use of nebulizers and inhalers consistent with nationally recognized standards, including, but not limited to, those of the National Institutes of Health and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.8(a); and
  • iii. Each student authorized to use asthma medication pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.3 or a nebulizer shall have an asthma treatment plan prepared by the student's medical home and submitted to the certified school nurse. The treatment plan shall identify, at a minimum, asthma triggers and shall be included in the individualized healthcare plan and individualized emergency healthcare plan, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.3(b), for meeting the medical needs of the student while attending school or a school-sponsored function;

N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.1 Health services policy and procedural requirements

(a) Each district board of education shall develop and adopt the following written policies, procedures, and mechanisms for the provision of health, safety, and medical emergency services, and shall ensure staff are informed as appropriate:

    1. The treatment of asthma in the school setting, which shall include, but not be limited to, the following requirements:
      • i. Each school nurse shall be authorized to administer asthma medication through use of a nebulizer pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.8(a);
      • ii. Each school nurse shall receive training in airway management and in the use of nebulizers and inhalers consistent with nationally recognized standards, including, but not limited to, those of the National Institutes of Health and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.8(a); and
  • iii. Each student authorized to use asthma medication pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.3 or a nebulizer shall have an asthma treatment plan prepared by the student's medical home and submitted to the certified school nurse. The treatment plan shall identify, at a minimum, asthma triggers and shall be included in the individualized healthcare plan and individualized emergency healthcare plan, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.3(b), for meeting the medical needs of the student while attending school or a school-sponsored function;

New Jersey Statutes 18A:40-12.8 Regulations for use of nebulizer in schools.

  1. The State Board of Education, in consultation with the Commissioner of Health, shall adopt regulations requiring each public school board of education to develop policies for the administration of asthma medication through the use of a nebulizer by the school nurse or other person authorized by regulation. The regulations shall include:
    • a. a requirement that each certified nurse or other person authorized to administer asthma medication receive training in airway management and in the use of nebulizers and inhalers consistent with nationally recognized standards, including, but not limited to, those of the National Institutes of Health and the American Association of Allergy and Immunology; and
    • b. a requirement that each pupil authorized to use asthma medication pursuant to section 1 of P.L.1993, c.308 (C.18A:40-12.3), or a nebulizer have an asthma treatment plan prepared by the physician of the pupil, which shall identify, at a minimum, asthma triggers, the treatment plan, and such other elements as shall be determined by the State Board of Education.
      Source: New Jersey Legislature
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