KidCheck goes digital



Locust Fork Elementary student Bailey Ezell waits patiently while being examined by Wallace State nursing student Melissa Pilkington.

Locust Fork Elementary student Bailey Ezell waits patiently while being examined by Wallace State nursing student Melissa Pilkington.

Since 2008 schools in Blount County have partnered with the nonprofit organization KidCheck to conduct free health screenings for elementary and high school students, and this year KidCheck has begun using a new wireless technology system.

KidCheck provides an opportunity for schoolaged children and teenagers in this county to have comprehensive health screenings performed by college nursing students. This health fair provides an opportunity for students to learn healthy habits and may be the only health screening that some students will receive throughout the year. KidCheck serves as a learning experience for the nursing students at Wallace State Community College.

“The college nursing instructors are always present with their students and they use this opportunity to teach in a hands-on atmosphere, which is most appealing to students. Community nursing is the latest trend in health care and the school setting provides a clinical site for this experience,” said Barbara Robertson, director of Blount County Schools nurses.

The new wireless system, referred to as KidCheck Plus, eliminates a large amount of paperwork and allows for a more efficient process for the students that need follow-up care. Each screening station is equipped with a wireless device and each nursing student performing a screening is able to enter the child’s screening results. At the end of the screening process, a parent report for each child is automatically generated showing what problems were discovered and the school nurse receives an electronic copy of the results to keep on file.

“We are very proud to be a part of the new wireless electronic system. Having electronic data will provide much needed health information relating to schoolaged children in Alabama,” said Robertson.

So far this year, KidCheck Plus has successfully screened elementary students at Susan Moore, Hayden, and Locust Fork. KidCheck Plus is scheduled to screen elementary students in Oneonta Oct. 13, J.B. Pennington on Feb. 6, and high school students at Susan Moore on Mar. 1, and Locust Fork on Mar. 6. For more information on KidCheck and KidPlus visit www.sightsaversamerica.org/kidcheck.