HEALTH PROBLEMS IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT SERVICES FACILITIES
The basic health problems in CDS facilities are the control of communicable
diseases, especially childhood diseases (chicken pox, measles, and so forth.), and
the prevention of injuries. This can clearly be seen in the standards of AR 608-10,
most of which deal with either disease prevention measures or measures to avoid
accidents (nontoxic paints; removing children from dangerous conditions or
GOAL OF CDS FACILITIES INSPECTIONS
a. The primary goal of CDS facilities inspections is to ensure that these
facilities maintain sanitary and safe conditions. The community health nurse and the
PVNTMED specialist frequently work together to achieve this goal.
b. The health consultant or community health nurse makes periodic visits to
CDS facilities. The nurse is primarily involved in giving professional consultation on
various childcare matters, such as the prevention and control of childhood diseases
and infant feeding.
c. The PVNTMED specialist often accompanies the community health nurse
and provides assistance or conducts an inspection of the facility. Basically, the goal
of the PVNTMED specialist is to determine whether any hazardous conditions exist
at the facility and to recommend disease and injury prevention measures.
d. To this end, the inspector must utilize his own experience and information
as well as knowledge of local regulations and AR 608-10 standards. The major
controls against accidents and disease have already been discussed in Section I of
this lesson and will not be repeated here.
a. Poorly managed CDS facilities can cause disease and injury. The
inspector must ensure that these facilities do not have unsafe or unsanitary practices
b. AR 608-10 sets standards for CDS facilities. An inspector must know
these standards. The standards cover the areas of:
Definition of CDS facilities.