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Will someone at your child's school administer glucagon if needed?


Yes, the nurse






Yes, someone else






No, they refuse






I don't know






Doesn't apply






What's glucagon?






Total votes: 196


Will someone at your child's school administer glucagon if needed?

Poll dates: September 9 - 16, 2009
Total Votes: 196

Children with diabetes do not leave their diabetes at home when they go to school. They need the same kind of care at school that they would received at home, and that includes having a glucagon emergency kit available and ready to use in case it's needed.

Since we first ran this poll in 2002, the number of people reporting that their school will administer glucagon has increased, and the number reporting that their school refuses to administer glucagon has decreased from one in five (18%) to one in 20 (6%). Also, the number of people who don't know what glucagon is has dropped from 6% to 1%. This is very good news for children with diabetes.

If you need help convincing your school about why glucagon is a necessary tool in the management of diabetes, you are encouraged to download a copy of Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel from the web site of the National Diabetes Education Program, a joint program of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If the 88-page PDF file is too large for you to download, you can request a free copy of the document by printing the order form and faxing or mailing it to the NDEP.

The table below shows how readers have answered this poll each time we have run it.

Answer Sep 2009 Sep 2008 Sep 2007 Sep 2006 Apr 2005 Sep 2002
Yes, the nurse 54% 56% 56% 52% 52% 43%
Yes, someone else 22% 23% 20% 22% 16% 17%
No, they refuse 6% 10% 11% 11% 13% 18%
Don't know 12% 4% 8% 8% 7% 9%
Doesn't apply 3% 2% 2% 3% 5% 5%
What's glucagon? 1% 2% 1% 1% 4% 6%

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Last Updated: Wednesday September 16, 2009 14:19:38
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