FIRST AID POLICY
Our aim is to provide efficient and appropriate first aid care for children whilst they are at school, caring for them ‘in loco parentis.’
To ensure that all pupils receive:
- Due care and attention in the event of an accident or illness that occurs during the school day.
- Appropriate medical attention where needed.
- TLC as required.
- Staff receive First Aid training every three years. Whenever possible Paediatric First Aid training is given.
- Various areas around school contain a first aid box to ensure quick access to basic medical supplies. The contents of the boxes are checked and updated regularly.
- Accidents and injuries sustained on the school premises are recorded. For more serious injuries a phone call is made to the parents to make them aware at the time of the treatment.
- For serious injuries where hospital treatment is required, a CYC Incident Report online is also completed. Where appropriate, for example following a serious incident, Health & Safety will request more information and carry out an investigation.
- The school follows NHS guidelines for dealing with infectious disease.
- Our Supporting Children with Medical Conditions Policy gives separate details of the comprehensive measures in place to support children with specific medical needs and the storage and administration of medicines.
The following steps set out our procedures when dealing with any occasions of illness or injury (see also Appendix 1).
- Minor incidents of illness (feeling sick, mild headache, tummy ache) are dealt with compassionately by the school staff. This includes a conversation with the child, time spent assessing the illness and then a return to class if the child feels well enough. If the child does not improve, then the Office Staff telephone parents or the emergency numbers available on the school records. In most cases the child will be collected by a parent and taken home. On occasions, where no parent or carer is available, we will make the children as comfortable as we can in our medical area in the office.
- Minor injuries - including grazes/cuts/bumps. School staff will administer basic first aid. When appropriate, an accident form is completed and sent home informing parents of the action taken. A copy of this is retained in school.
- Major injuries - including more serious cuts or bumps to the head. Where appropriate school staff will administer basic first aid. If necessary a senior member of staff will be called to the scene to manage the incident as soon as it has occurred. Parents are informed as soon as the injury has been attended to and if appropriate, the child is taken home by parents and the parents are advised to seek medical advice.
If an injury requires medical/hospital treatment but the parents cannot be contacted, the school staff will take the child to hospital, while staff in school continue to try to contact parents.
If an injury is deemed sufficiently serious, emergency medical help is sought by dialling 999. Parents are immediately informed and arrangements made for them to meet the ambulance either at school or at the hospital.
DEALING WITH A HEAD INJURY
- Enlarged / uneven pupils
- Disorientation / confused state
- Bleeding from the ear canal
- Evidence of any clear fluid from the nose or ears
If any of these symptoms are exhibited, call an ambulance immediately, then contact the parents. Ensure that a senior member of staff is called to the scene to manage the emergency.
If an ambulance is not needed, but you feel that the child has sustained a blow to the head, ensure that a senior member of staff is called to the scene to help you manage the emergency. Ensure that parents are contacted; ask for the child to be collected and ensure that parents are told to seek medical advice.
Ensure that your actions and / or advice to seek medical attention are indicated on the accident form handed to the parent.
If an ambulance is called, ensure that the Headteacher and/or Deputy Headteacher are informed as soon as possible, so that an Incident Report Form can be completed.
Unsure whether or not to call an ambulance?
IF IN DOUBT……CALL THEM OUT