Case Study: Jackson wins 1st place at swimming carnival

A male student in year 10 is competing in a swimming carnival. His insulin is usually delivered by insulin pump. The student will need to know what time his races are so he and his parent or carer can plan his insulin and food needs for the day. He can remove his pump for up to 90 minutes but will need a safe place for that to be stored. To ensure that the student is able to safely compete in the swimming carnival, the principal and the designated staff member confirm the student’s needs with his parents a number of weeks before the carnival takes place.

The day before the swimming carnival, the designated staff member checks and confirms with the student’s parents or carers, the plan for the day in terms of food and insulin, and follows this up on the day of the carnival. The designated staff member also works with the sports teacher in advance to ensure that there is a safe place for the student’s insulin pump to be stored while he competes in the swimming carnival and that it is immediately accessible after the student finishes. The student’s designated staff member also makes a note of extra glucose checks that need to be completed during the swimming carnival.

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