Insights: the Magnus Health Blog

Concussions: The Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted by Marlene Chotkowski on Dec 10, 2015 12:07:00 PM

Concussions occur more frequently than reported, according to Dr. Clark Elliott (www.clarkelliott.com). Often times, people simply bump their heads, or have an unrecognized event in which there is only a short moment of confusion, or disruption of thought. As a concussion sufferer and author of “The Ghost in My Brain: How a Concussion Stole My Life and How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Helped Me Get It Back” Dr. Elliott knows first hand about living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

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Topics: SMR Emergencies Athletics Health Trends School Nurses

School emergency teams and supplies

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on May 7, 2015 1:28:57 PM

emergency_checklist_croppedHow many, and what types of teams should be in a school's emergency plan? Well, as with so many things, the answer varies because every school population and community is a bit different. However, Chris Joffe of Joffe Emergency Services outlined a list of teams that every school should have in place.

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Topics: Emergencies

How often should you do school emergency drills?

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Apr 7, 2015 11:15:58 AM

Ever wonder what emergency drills your school should be doing? Ever wonder how those drills should impact your school emergency plan? Ever wonder how often you should be drilling your emergency response plans? I'm happy to tell you, thanks to Chris Joffe, CEO of Joffe Emergency Services, I have answers for your burning questions.

The five most basic school emergency drills are: fire, hurricane, tornado, earthquake, and lockdown. Many schools know and execute these drills based on their geographic location.

There are then five more advanced drills: shelter in place, secure campus, active shooter, fallen aircraft, and sudden outbreak of contagious disease. These drills might not be executed nearly as often. For example, in a webinar we hosted with Joffe Emergency Services, 0% of the webinar attendees had ever drilled for fallen aircraft. That led us to ask, how often should school emergency drills, basic and advanced, be practed? Chris Joffe provided us with the guidelines below.

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Topics: Emergencies

Simple parent experience and 100% compliance [Client Success Story]

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Apr 1, 2015 9:22:00 AM

KathyFinneyClient Profile 
  • Name: Kathy Finney
  • Job Title: Associate Director of Communications
  • School: Norfolk Academy
  • Location: Norfolk, VA
  • Type: K-12 Private
  • Size: 1,200 students
  • Website: norfolkacademy.org

Kathy Finney has worked as an administrator at Norfolk Academy for 20 years. In that time, she has seen the importance of data grow from necessary business information to a strategic communications tool. Having worked with all of the data-dependent departments that help our institutions function and grow, Kathy has an unrivaled understanding of best practices of data collection and sharing across campus. 


Norfolk Academy struggled with collecting health and immunization information from parents each year. When they moved to Magnus to solve that problem, “we were trying to find a solution to make things easy for parents and for us,” said Kathy Finney, Associate Director of Communications. When Norfolk Academy initially launched Magnus, it was after they’d already collected all the information from parents. So, "there was confusion as to why we were asking for information that had already been submitted. We got off to a rocky start,” Finney said, but with a few lessons learned and alterations made, parents are catching on, and Finney and her team have seen the results in 100% compliance.

So how did they make things easy on parents and get 100% compliance?

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Topics: SMR Emergencies Compliance School Nurses Client Success Stories

Magnus 911 Enhancements [Updated feature]

Posted by Tricia LaPaglia on Mar 27, 2015 3:35:00 AM

The first time I sent my son to preschool, I probably overdid it. On Sundays, I made sure his little shirts and shorts were ironed for the entire week. I made Star Wars labels for all his clothes with his name and phone number. I packed cute sandwiches without the crust and left adorable post it notes inside his lunchbox even though he couldn’t read yet. And I knew his exact schedule down to the minute. That lasted about a year. Let’s just say that he can read very well now and writes me reminder notes for my lunchbox instead. But I still know his schedule not just because I’m his mom, but also because I’m one of those people who likes the details. Give me the “who, what, where, when, and why” and I’m a happy camper. These next Magnus enhancements are for all you detail lovers.

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Topics: SMR Emergencies Technology School Nurses

Emergency Plans: The top 5 mistakes to avoid [Guest Post]

Posted by Chris Joffe on Mar 25, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Imagine this…the fire alarm goes off but you know it’s not a drill. What happens next? Does your staff know who to communicate with and when, in order to get everyone to safety? Are there enough staff trained and prepared, who can lead the school to safety based on the plan that is outlined in that giant binder?

This scenario can happen at any time, during school hours or in the middle of the night. Whether it is a catastrophic emergency or a smaller contained issue, your staff will need to be prepared to deploy and facilitate the appropriate responses to each situation.

So the question is: How prepared is your staff to deploy the plan your administration painstakingly put into place?

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As the leading provider of emergency services for more than 100 schools, Joffe Emergency Services has seen the effects of emergency plans gone wrong. Here are the top 5 mistakes to avoid when it comes to emergency planning for your school.

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Topics: Emergencies Guest Posts

Breaking news: New access to emergency data on Magnus Mobile app

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Mar 4, 2015 8:34:00 AM

It is with great pleasure that I present to you two things.

1. Magnus Mobile app updates

2. Magnus News

Both are explained in the video below. But in case you don't have 3 minutes and 15 seconds to watch the whole video, skip on ahead and read the somewhat less entertaining recaps.

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Topics: SMR Emergencies Technology

NBOA 2015 Recap: 7 Questions Business Officers Should Ask Themselves

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Mar 3, 2015 1:30:00 PM

If you're a business officer, you have a lot on your mind. From budgets and audits to delegating tasks across departments, there's likely no department you don't have contact with, except one: the health center. 

The missing link between the independent school business office and its school health center isn't new - in fact, health centers often feel like an island within their school. But this trend doesn't have to be permanent, nor should it. That's why we're using data from the Annual Report of Independent School Health Services to show why business officers should be concerned about their health center. The result is a list of seven questions every independent school business officer should ask themselves on a daily basis. With these questions, business officers can be better prepared to manage risk, liability, and emergencies at their school.

Allen Cobb, Magnus Health CPO, and Wendy Barnhart, Director of Business and Finance at The Westminster Schools, recently presented these seven questions at the National Business Officers Association Annual Meeting. You can get a recap of that presentation by watching the video below, plus we've compiled all seven questions (plus extra data) right here. 

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Topics: Liability & Risk Management Emergencies Business Office

Preparing for weather emergencies and increasing communication [Client Success Story]

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Feb 25, 2015 9:10:54 AM

PortsmouthAbbeyLogoClient Profile 
  • Name: Pam Gorman
  • Job Title: Director of Health Services
  • School: Portsmouth Abbey School
  • Location: Portsmouth, RI
  • Type: Catholic Boarding & Day Grades 9-12
  • Size: 360 students
  • Website: portsmouthabbey.org

Screen_Shot_2015-02-24_at_12.17.09_PMWhen Pam Gorman, Director of Health Services, began working at Portsmouth Abbey 30 years ago, she could track all student medications on a single sheet of paper. But, as state requirements became more strict, and the frequency of student health conditions increased, Portsmouth Abbey realized the need for a new system to track and manage medical information.

Gorman and her team initially had reservations about switching to a web-based system, but after implementation and becoming acquainted with Magnus, everyone was able to embrace the paperless environment. “I learned that [the process] is very simple. If I can do it, the only excuse that a parent would have is that they do not have a computer,” Gorman said.

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Topics: SMR Emergencies School Nurses Client Success Stories

Janet's Law supported by new CPR requirement for high school students

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Feb 4, 2015 8:47:00 AM

New Jersey became the 19th state to pass a law requiring high school students to learn CPR and how to use defibrillators in order to graduate. The law takes effect for the graduating class of 2019, and supports Janet's Law - existing legislation requiring schools to have an AED on school property. Both laws were put in place to save lives.

For details on the new law, check out these resources: 

In total, 20 states have with similar CPR legislation, including: Washington, Idaho, Utah, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Albama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware (most recent), New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, Minnessota, and Iowa.

Find out where your state stands on CPR legislation in this American Heart Association interactive map.

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Topics: Emergencies Health Trends Regulations & Legislation School Nurses