The NPA is hearing more and more from
hospital settings -- where children are showing up lousy
in the ER and OR! Gotta figure with the endemic state of
head lice that hospital admission procedures for children
would be well-advised to include lice screenings. The NPA
has had one particular report that an anesthesiologist
literally leaped out of his chair when he noticed he was
sitting over a patient with a "crawling scalp."
Frankly, this is where we think the LiceMeister®
comb will prove itself most useful since it screens and
collects that which otherwise may go undetected by visual
exam. Moreover -- kids being admitted to the hospital
obviously have other problems for which the added insults
of chemical treatments for lice may be counterproductive.
Unfortunately many hospital formularies are still
dispensing lindane. It is cheap and remains a bad habit
for many prescribers.
It is understandable that hospital staff
doesn't take too kindly to A SURPRISE factor of caring
for lousy patients. The good news is that this may work
to provide an impetus to get questions about lice and
lice treatments into the routine history taking process.
When this happens the naysayers will begin to see the
bigger picture, and understand the extent to which
desperate families go -- risking children's health by
misuse and abuse of head lice treatment chemicals.
Moreover, they will also have the opportunity to see that
some of these children may in fact be on the hospital
doorstep because of medical problems directly related to
the use of certain products on the market for head lice.
No matter what the time or place -- the
NPA advises the practical public health measure and the
traditional communicable disease prevention method of
routine screening, early detection and physical removal
of lice and nits. GO GET EM'