And here is today’s actual submission to catch up for Diabetes Blog Week.

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Tuesday: Recently various petitions have been circulating the Diabetes Online Community, so today let’s pretend to write our own. Tell us who you would write the petition to – a person, an organization, even an object (animate or inanimate) – get creative!! What are you trying to change and what have you experienced that makes you want this change?

If I were to write a petition, I would want to address it to Congress and express my great concern over the varied and lacking Glucagon Intervention laws by individual states to ensure that Children with Diabetes are safe at school. I would ask for support in the creation and passing of a law enacting Duty to Rescue along with Good Samaritan protections to those who render aid in these time sensitive emergencies at the federal level.

I would explain that Glucagon is an emergency medication used treat severe hypoglycemia that may result in seizure, loss of consciousness or when a person cannot consume any form of sugar by mouth. Glucagon must be administered quickly, prolonged unconsciousness may be harmful. Many states do not allow the administration of Glucagon by non-medical personnel due to liability concerns. Many schools which fall under these state laws, do not have medical personnel on staff.

During the school day, the school has the obligation to act in the best interest of the students. To not have adequate personnel on staff or to withhold Glucagon while awaiting for an emergency responder places the child in imminent danger. Withholding lifesaving medication is not in the best interest of the student, it is medical neglect. I think that with enacting a federal level Good Samaritan law with the duty to rescue of school staff, liability concerns would be moot as the person rendering lifesaving assistance would be protected.

In Germany, under law, a citizen is required to render assistance in an accident or general danger. As long as they are acting in good faith, they are exempt from legal ramifications. First aid kits are a required item in each vehicle and many are built into the car so it’s not sliding around in your trunk. There is no reason that there can’t be a similar requirement in the United States, especially in a school setting.

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