Ch. 10 – Infection Control Scenario: Mrs. Jones dropped her 4-year-old daughter
Ch. 10 - Infection Control Scenario: Mrs. Jones dropped her 4-year-old daughter Anna off at childcare in the morning as usual. When Ms. Joanne, the teacher, greeted Anna, she noted that her eyes were red and had a slight discharge. She asked Mrs. Jones about it and Mrs. Jones replied that Anna’s allergies had been acting up, but there was no reason to worry. When the Director visited the classroom an hour or so later she noticed that the discharge had increased and that Anna’s eyes looked very red. She told Ms. Joanne that she was concerned that Anna had conjunctivitis (pink eye) and needed to be seen by a doctor. The Director called Mrs. Jones at work for several hours before reaching her. Mrs. Jones explained again that Anna was just suffering from springtime allergies and also indicated that she had used all of her leave days and so she would not be able to come for Anna until the end of the day. What should the Director do? What should she do with Anna immediately and how should she approach Anna’s mother when she arrives at the end of the day? What should she do to prevent other children’s exposure, if it is conjunctivitis? Do families need to be notified? If so, what is the best way to do that? If not, why not? How can the Director prevent Anna (and other children who become ill at school) from feeling embarrassed or singled out with negative attention? (Learning Objective 2).

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