New law allows non-nurses to administer insulin to diabetic students

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – A new school diabetes care bill was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf in July, allowing school personnel other than a registered nurse to administer medication such as insulin to diabetic students.

The law also allows students to self-manage their diabetes.

“I think that it’s a wonderful law that’s passing. It gives parents of diabetic children such a peace of mind,” said Christine Anderton, a parent of two diabetic children and a teacher at East High Street Elementary School in Elizabethtown. “I know that if you receive the training and you feel comfortable, if a teacher felt comfortable or an aid, you could absolutely do it and you might save someone’s life.”

The American Diabetes Association also praises the new law, calling it a “safe and sensible solution.” Some nurses groups, however, are worried.

“Allowing lay providers, lay people, to provide insulin to students within the school system is an irresponsible and unsafe solution to providing optimal care,” said Betsy Snook, CEO of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association. “Studies have shown that the use of insulin has been associated with more medical errors than any other type of drug.”

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