Swallowed Bee

Swallowed Bee

Question: A bee flew into the mouth of a maintenance employee who was mowing the grass. The bee became lodged in the employee's throat and stung him. The employee had great difficulty breathing and the occupational health nurse provided the employee with OTC Benadryl. The employee was taken to the emergency room but the doctors did not feel the need to provide any treatment because by the time he arrived he was breathing normally. Is it recordable?

Answer: NO. The OTC Benadryl is not considered medical treatment beyond first aid because it is a non-prescription drug used at non-prescription strength.

1904.7(b)(5)(ii) What is "first aid"? For the purposes of Part 1904, \"first aid\" means the following:

1904.7(b)(5)(ii)(A) Using a non-prescription medication at nonprescription strength (for medications available in both prescription and non-prescription form, a recommendation by a physician or other licensed health care professional to use a non-prescription medication at prescription strength is considered medical treatment for recordkeeping purposes);