Nurse, Al­buterol do­na­tion helps Polk stu­dent

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Lit­tle did Tif­fani Dodd sus­pect that in her first week as the school nurse at Cedar­town Mid­dle School she would be called on to help a stu­dent who was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing res­pi­ra­tory dis­tress on a school bus.

Thanks to the fore­sight by Floyd Polk Medical Cen­ter, she had the items she needed to help him.

Ear­lier this school year, Floyd Polk Medical Cen­ter do­nated emer­gency al­buterol, tub­ing and neb­u­liz­ers in case they had a stu­dent in cri­sis.

Al­buterol is in­haled to help open the air­ways, but must be in­haled through a neb­u­lizer to work.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred just be­fore Christ­mas break af­ter Dodd had trans­ferred to Cedar­town Mid­dle from Young’s Grove El­e­men­tary School.

“The bus had al­ready left the school when the boy be­gan hav­ing trou­ble,” Dodd said. “The school re­source of­fi­cer brought him into the clinic and I was ready to hook him up to the neb­u­lizer when he ar­rived.”

The boy was fine af­ter­ward. “I was so grate­ful that we had the equip­ment,” said Dodd. “In this in­ci­dent it made a big dif­fer­ence.”

She said when she was at Young’s Grove a stu­dent there ex­pe­ri­enced a sim­i­lar res­pi­ra­tory is­sue, but be­cause the school didn’t have the med­i­ca­tion or the neb­u­lizer they had to call 911. The child was OK.

Dodd has been a school nurse for three years. She said in­ter­act­ing with the stu­dents is the best part of her day, but the task can some­times be daunt­ing.

“You might have a kid’s life in your hands and you might be the only medical pro­fes­sional in the whole place and ev­ery­one is look­ing at you,” Dodd said.

Dodd ac­tu­ally re­placed her mother in law, Mia Dodd, at Cedar­town Mid­dle.

“She said noth­ing like that ever hap­pened when she was here,” Tif­fani Dodd said.

She said not all of her days are dra­matic. She helps stu­dents take med­i­ca­tions, takes care of sick chil­dren and even helps stu­dents with di­a­betes count carbs.

“Just the other day I had to call a candy bar com­pany and ask them how many carbs are in their candy bar,” Dodd said.

Tif­fani Dodd

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