Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Sign In

 School Nurse Information


​Visit this page often for updated news, notes, and resources to better inform Georgia public school nurses as they work to help prepare our students to learn and be their best in school classrooms.

FDA Alert

If you have a LIFEPAK 1000 defibrillator you will need to immediately remove and reinstall the battery from your device(s) and implement a weekly schedule of battery removal.

Information about this notice is available at: www.physio-control.com/lifepak1000-274

Questions? Contact Physio-Control by calling 1-866-231-1220 or emailing rsrecalls@physio-control.com

View the MedWatch Safety Alert, including a link to the Voluntary Field Report, at: www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm537116

Further resource:
Richard Lamphier,Clinical Program Manager
Project S.A.V.E, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
404-785-2552 Richard.Lamphier@choa.org

GlucaGen HypoKit (glucagon [rDNA origin] for injection) by Novo Nordisk Inc: Recall - Detached Needles on Syringe

Novo Nordisk Inc. is recalling six batches of the GlucaGen HypoKit in the U.S. due to two customer complaints from the UK and Portugal involving detached needles on the syringe with Sterile Water for Injection (SWFI). A syringe with a detached needle cannot be used as prescribed. Untreated hypoglycemia can eventually lead to unconsciousness and seizures, which can prove fatal. If the blood glucose levels are not quickly restored, continuing hypoglycemia can lead to a decline in brain glucose levels which manifests through a variety of symptoms including cognitive dysfunction, sweating, tremors, convulsion and eventually coma or death.

This recall includes GlucaGen HypoKit batch numbers:

  • Batch: FS6X270, Expiry: 09/30/2017
  • Batch: FS6X296, Expiry: 09/30/2017
  • Batch: FS6X538, Expiry: 09/30/2017
  • Batch: FS6X597, Expiry: 09/30/2017
  • Batch: FS6X797, Expiry: 09/30/2017
  • Batch: FS6X875, Expiry: 09/30/2017

BACKGROUND: GlucaGen HypoKit is indicated for the treatment of severe hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in patients with diabetes who are treated with insulin. Novo Nordisk conducted an investigation which showed that a small number (0.006%) of needles could be detached from the syringe in certain batches of GlucaGen HypoKit. It is estimated that out of the 71,215 pens being recalled, four pens could be defective. The affected products were distributed starting February 15, 2016.

RECOMMENDATION: Patients or caregivers should check the batch number to see if their GlucaGen HypoKit is affected. The batch number is printed on the GlucaGen HypoKit as indicated in the product photos in the press release. If you have a GlucaGen HypoKit with one of the affected batch numbers, call 1-888-840-1137 from Monday to Friday, between 8:30am - 6:00pm Eastern Time, to find out how to return the product. Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

  • Complete and submit the report Online: http://www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report
  • Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

Lead School Nurse Meetings

Currently, lead school nurses in the Metro Atlanta area meet twice yearly for collaboration and educational and practice updates at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. We would like to make the minutes of these meetings available to all of the nurses across the state.

CDC "Heads Up" Program offered for all sidelines

CDC HEADS UP is rolling out a new resource called a microsite. It offers a simple way for you to share HEADS UP tools and concussion safety information directly through your own website. The microsite allows you to choose content by sport and provides color options to match your team, school, and organization. It includes links to popular HEADS UP resources, such as trainings and videos, as well as new sports-specific safety tips. All content is maintained by CDC and syndicated to your website, which means that, once embedded, the microsite will automatically keep your site current with the latest HEADS UP content. Check out the microsite and grab the embed code. For technical help please email IMTech@cdc.gov. Learn More Do your part to get concussion safety on every sideline:

  • Download the HEADS UP concussion app.
  • Customize CDC HEADS UP fact sheets and posters with your team or school logo and colors.
  • Take an online training.

Please visit the CDC Heads Up microsite at http://www.cdc.gov/HEADSUP/

Georgia Tobacco Free Schools

It is easy for your school system to go tobacco free! This link will provide you steps in adopting a tobacco free school policy and how to implement and enforce the policy post adoption. The downloadable information will give you tools to use in your local system.

Georgia Tobacco Free Schools Steps and Process

EpiPens 4 Schools Program

The EpiPen4Schools® program, offered by Mylan Specialty, the marketer and distributor of EpiPen® (epinephrine injection) and EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine injection) Auto-Injectors, was developed to help improve access to epinephrine in the event a person experiences a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) in the school setting. The program offers four FREE EpiPen® or EpiPen Jr® Auto-Injectors to qualifying public and private kindergarten, elementary, middle and high schools in the U.S. Requirements to qualify for this offer include having a valid prescription. The products are available in the form of two EpiPen 2-Pak® cartons, two EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® cartons or one 2-Pak of each kind. Each EpiPen 2-Pak® contains two single auto-injectors, instructions for use and a EpiPen® Trainer, with no drug product or needle, to help patients become familiar with the administration technique. In the event that the free supply is used to respond to an allergic emergency (anaphylactic event), qualifying schools are eligible to receive a replenishment order of EpiPen® or EpiPen Jr® Auto-Injectors prior to their annual eligibility date at no additional cost.

EpiPens 4 Schools Program

OmniPod Insulin Management System Recall

Recall web site and information

Important Epi-Pen Recall

As of October 28, Auvi-Q has recalled ALL of their epinephrine auto-injectors on the market. The product has been found to potentially have inaccurate dosage delivery. Sanofi has recommended that children and parents get Epi-Pens as replacements ASAP. Please see link listed below which includes a video from the manufacturer for more information regarding this recall.

For further information, including lot numbers visit

Lens Crafters One Sight Program

One Sight helps the world see. Through continued partnerships, volunteer efforts and financial support, One Sight provides comprehensive eye exams, vision care and customized prescription glasses to students in need in your local schools system. One Sight and Lens Crafters believe good vision isn't a luxury, it's essential to experiencing every moment.

Lens Crafters One Sight Program

Give Kids a Smile

Through the ADA Foundation's Give Kids A Smile program, launched nationally by the American Dental Association in 2003, more than 5 million underserved children have received free oral health services. These free services are provided by approximately 10,000 dentists annually, along with 30,000 other dental team members. Each year Give Kids A Smile day is celebrated nationally on the first Friday in February. GKAS events are intended to be touch points for children who do not receive dental care, for whatever reason. The ultimate goal for a GKAS program should be to establish a dental home for these children - in other words, provide continuity of care.

Give Kids a Smile