Health & safety of students and people in an organisation is important and first aid in schools provision is very important. Named first aid people should be responsible for administering first aid with one overall coordinator, possibly a nurse.
The coordinator should:
• Ensure that any particular emergency treatments which may be required following an accident involving any hazardous substances in the school are available and that sufficient staff are trained to deal with such treatments.
• Keep a log and make the contents known to staff of any students or employees who have medical requirements or require specific medication.
• Retain photographs of children or employees with serious medical conditions and treatment required in the staffroom.
• Appraise staff of any changes to students/staff on the list of those with medical conditions or receiving treatment.
• Post notices to advise on the location of first aid and emergency facilities and the identity of those persons appointed to dispense such facilities.
• Train staff in basic first aid procedures in order that they may deal with minor injuries as described below.
First Aid in Schools Guidance
Plastic gloves and aprons should be available in the first aid cupboards and worn when treating patients who are bleeding. Gloves must be pulled off so that they are inside out and the contaminated side is not exposed and gloves and dressings should be placed inside a plastic bag and placed in a covered bin.
Surfaces, including the playground, must be cleaned with an approved cleaning agent after contact with blood or other body fluids.
Ice packs should be available for bumps and bruising. Students with head bumps must be taken to a first aider, a record should be made in the accident book and parents informed.
Injuries where a student receives treatment must be recorded in the accident book and the parents informed of the circumstances of the injury. The head teacher must be informed of any injury classed as greater than a minor injury. Typical minor injuries are small bumps on the body, grazes or scratches.
Emergency services must be called IMMEDIATELY for serious accidents including:
• Any head injuries and wounds needing stitches.
• All suspected fractures.
• Use of an epipen (epipen to be taken to hospital with the casualty).
The parent(s) should be contacted to ascertain when they can join their child and their wishes with regard to treatment should they be delayed. The head teacher may agree to emergency medical treatment if the parents or guardians can not be contacted.
A member of staff must accompany and stay with the student until the parent(s) arrive. The contact details and the student file (if appropriate) must be taken to the hospital. On arrival at the hospital the student’s contact details are handed over so that the hospital can take responsibility for any further contact with the parents.
Medication and Managing Illness
With the exception of inhalers (which students need access to at all times) students are not allowed to keep medicines/treatments with their belongings. Medicines should be marked clearly with the person’s name and dosage and stored in a locked cupboard or designated refrigerator under the supervision of the nurse.
Manual Handling and Lifting
The risk of injury, due to the manual handling of loads, must be recognised by the school and all measures taken as necessary to reduce such risks through individual risk assessments.
First aid in schools is not only a safety standard, it is also a requirement of operating a school with students.