Partnership helps teachers provide emergency care

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - This year, Kathy Johnson, a nursing instructor at Southern Miss is teaching the Children's Center staff members what to do in case a baby chokes or has another type of medical emergency.

"If you educate the parents and educate the staff, then you are better able to take care of the family, the child while they are here so the child can learn what they need to be learning," said Johnson.

These are necessary skills because many of the center's teachers, like Sarah Case-Price, work with students ages birth to five years old with medical issues. "I have many children who have seizures," said Case-Price.

During the academic year, the nursing school will teach skills like how to dispense emergency medications in case of a seizure or allergic reaction. At one session staff practiced using an EpiPen on a demonstration baby doll.

Johnson described the pen, "It's like an anti-histamine. It completely shuts down the histamine response of the body so that the body relaxes. They can breathe, their rash goes away."

The Children's Center at Southern Miss treats young people with communication and developmental conditions.

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