Question of the week # 305

305) You have recently been posted by your employer to serve as a school physician in a school that is few miles away from your office. The school has about 250 students of whom 55% are girls and the rest are boys. The school teacher reports that they have not had a scoliosis screening program in place and wonders if you can implement such a program in the school. Which of the following is the most appropriate course of action?

A) Arrange scoliosis screening for all students between 10 and 16 years of age.

B) Arrange scoliosis screening for all students 10, 12, 14 and 16 years of age.

C) Contact the school nurse and review skills for scoliosis screening procedures.

D) Visually inspect for severe curves only when the back is examined for other reasons.

E) Screen girls for scoliosis at 15 years of age and boys at 16 years of age.


5 Responses

  1. a

  2. A……..Scoliosis screening must be administered at least annually to all students age 8-16 years.

    Scoliosis screening may be done at any time deemed necessary by school authorities. Such occasions might include students with a family history of scoliosis.

    Some students may not need screening if they are already under care for regular, periodic evaluation for their spinal deformity. These students should be followed by school nursing personnel to ensure that they are receiving periodic evaluations and/or care as determined by their referral source. Record of these evaluations should become part of the cumulative health record (CHR).

  3. aaa

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