The purpose of the Policy is:
- To provide effective, safe First Aid cover for pupils, staff and visitors.
- To ensure that all staff and students are aware of the system in place.
- To provide awareness of Health & Safety issues within school and on school trips to prevent, where possible, potential dangers or accidents.
The term FIRST AIDER refers to those members of the school who are in possession of a valid First Aid at work certificate or equivalent.
The Principal of AIS School will ensure that:
- First aid boxes are available and fully stocked and replenished with approved standard items only.
AIS School ensures that many staff are trained in First Aid as Appointed Persons. This ensures that qualified first aiders are available at all times. Additionally the Principal holds a pediatric first aid qualification with CPR training.
Where pupils require specific medication or have particular medical requirements, these shall be noted on the pupil’s individual index cards held in the office. Such records shall be maintained and their contents made known to all employees by means of a confidential medical condition.
The responsible person will ensure that any special notices will be posted to advise on emergency procedures, the location of first aid and emergency facilities and the identity of those persons appointed to dispense such facilities.
FIRST AIDERS will:
- Always attend a casualty when requested to do so and treat the casualty to the best of their ability in the safest way possible. This includes wearing gloves where any loss of blood or body fluid is evident, calling for help from other First Aiders or Emergency Services.
- Help fellow First Aiders at an incident and provide support during the aftermath
- Act as a person who can be relied upon to help when the need arises
- Ensure that their portable first aid kits are adequately stocked and always to hand
- Aid boxes are located at the Infirmary
- Insist that any casualty who has sustained a significant head injury is seen by professionals at the hospital, either by sending them directly to hospital or by asking parents to pick up a child to take them to hospital; ensure that parents are aware of al head injuries promptly.
AIS School recognise that accidents involving the pupil’s head can be problematic because the injury may not be evident (e.g. internal) and the effects only become noticeable after a period of time. Where a pupil receives a bump to the head as a result of an accident an “Accidental Bump to the Head” letter will be sent home with the child.
- Sport Staff are First Aider trained and will handle the situation provided that it is within their sphere of competence. Where appropriate, a member of the management will be involved and if it is deemed appropriate then an Ambulance will be summoned as appropriate. Staff are required to assess the situation and make a reasoned judgements as to whether an Ambulance is required and in such cases, the pupil’s parents will be contacted to advise them of the extent of the injury.
- Ensure that a child who is sent to hospital by ambulance is either accompanied in the ambulance at the request of paramedics or followed to a hospital by a member of staff to act in loco parentis if a relative cannot be contacted or met at hospital by a relative.
- Also ensure that child or staff member who goes to hospital takes with them the relevant details of the child. The First Aider need not be the member of staff to accompany the casualty to hospital, however, an appropriate person should be sent AIS School does not recommend transporting a child to hospital in any vehicle other than an ambulance. In any case, no individual member of staff should be alone with a pupil in a vehicle.
- Keep a record of each student attended to, the nature of the injury and any treatment given, in the book provided in the office and sick bay. In the case of an accident, the Accident Book must be completed by the appropriate person, within 24 hours of occurrence and reported immediately to the Principal
- Ensure that everything is cleared away, using gloves, and every dressing etc. be put in an appropriate bag for contaminated/used items and sealed tightly before disposing of the bag in a bin. Any bloodstains on the ground must be washed away thoroughly. No contaminated or used items should be left lying around.
THE SCHOOL OFFICE will:
- Ensure that they always obtain the history relating to a student not feeling well.
- Ensure that in the event that where an injury is sufficiently severe (e.g. bleeding which cannot be reasonably treated with cleaning and application of a plaster, a bump to the head where the child reports dizziness or appears disorientated, injury to a limb where a bad sprain or fracture is suspected, breathing problems, fainting), the student must be referred to a First Aider or a medical professional for examination. An ambulance may well have to be called.
- At the start of each academic year, provide the first aid team with a list of students who are known to be asthmatic, anaphylactic, diabetic, and epileptic or have any other serious illness. Inhalers etc should be clearly marked with the child’s name and are kept by the Principal.
- Have a file of up to date medical consent forms for every student in each year and ensure that these are readily available for staff responsible for school trips/outings.
- Ensure the confidentiality of information with regards to pupils.
- Familiarise themselves with the first aid procedures in operation and ensure that they know who the current First Aiders are
- Be aware of specific medical details of individual pupils when publicized by the school.
- Ensure that their students/tutees are aware of the importance of safety and hazard awareness.
- Never move a casualty until they have been assessed by a qualified First Aider unless the casualty is in immediate danger.
- Send for help to reception as soon as possible either by a person or telephone, ensuring that the messenger knows the precise location of the casualty
- Reassure, but never treat, a casualty unless staff are in possession of a valid first aid certificate or know the correct procedures; such staff can obviously start emergency aid until a First Aider arrives at the scene or instigate simple airway measures if clearly needed.
- Send a student who has minor injuries to Reception if they are able to walk where a First Aider will see them; this student should be accompanied by a member of staff.
- Send a student who feels generally ‘unwell’ to their respective form tutor or the school office.
- Ensure that they have a current medical consent form for every student that they take out on a school trip which indicates any specific conditions or medications of which they should be aware.
- Have regard to personal safety.