CAPE CORAL, Fla. - "I have 3 kids and kids are my world, I don't care if it's my kid or your kid. The next one might not be so lucky." An upset mother is talking exclusively to WINK News about a medication mix-up. Someone at her son's school gave him the wrong prescription.
The Oasis Charter School System in Cape Coral is now changing its policies to prevent this from happening again.
Jayden Fragapane is five years old. His brother Richie is eight.
Both go to Oasis Elementary School in Cape Coral. Tuesday, Jayden had a 102 degree fever. A clinic assistant gave him his 8 year old brother's medication and his heart rate went up.
"I called poison control. They called poison control. They went and got the RN from the middle school," said his mother, Kim Fragapane.
Jayden was rushed to the hospital, and the school apologized. But his mother says it's unacceptable. She wonders why the clinic assistant was not a registered nurse.
"There's very strong medications. And I understand it was a mistake, but this could happen to an innocent child. Luckily my child is still here to talk about it," Fragapane said.
Oasis Charter Superintendent Angela Pruitt didn't have time to talk to WINK News on camera but says everyone was very concerned about the mix up. She admits the school made a mistake, and has since changes its policy.
Pruitt says children who now need medication are assigned an identifier similar to a name tag with their name, photo and date of birth on it to avoid another mix-up.
"I just don't think it was handled properly. And yes mistakes do happen. But that's not what I want to hear. It could happen again and it's very very very scary," Fragapane said.
The charter system also wants to put children's photos on their medication bottles.
There is one RN for the entire Oasis School system and clinic assistants for each individual school.
This is similar to the Lee County School District's policy which has one RN shared between two to three schools, and nurses aids at each school.