Health and safety of individuals is becoming more and more prominent in everything we do these days. It is now common for workers to have undergone a basic health and safety course before they are even allowed to set foot inside an office or store to begin their new job. Hand in hand with this practice is the availability of first aid stations in workplaces and other public areas. However, schools are probably the most likely public location where minor first aid is carried out on a weekly if not daily basis. The law and provision of these first aid services and health and safety also extends to schools and has done for some time.
With our kids spending about a third of the day in school it is not unusual for this to be a location where they experience minor injury and thus having first aid supplies on hand is essential.
Children are more mobile and energetic that adults and spend more time running around on a daily basis than we do. As a result they are constantly getting some bumps and bruises from their activities in the playground. In most cases just having a band-aid applied to a minor cut or scrape on their elbows or knees is all they will need and will have them feeling fine in no time at all.
Depending on the size of the school, the first aid care will be deployed in one of many different ways. If you consider a small school with just a few classrooms then the first aid kits may be stored in a single common location for access by each of the first aid carers in the school. However, larger schools with many classrooms may typically have a first aid kit in each classroom with each teacher being trained in basic first aid care. This way if an injury is encountered inside or close to a particular classroom then the treatment can be administered quickly without the teacher having to cover a large distance to locate and bring back the first aid supplies.
Your school first aid kit will not be too dissimilar to what you may (should) have at home – typically though it will be larger due to the size of the population in the school. The school first aid kit should include different sizes of gauze pads, rolls of gauze, varying sizes of band-aids, adhesive tape, antiseptic, latex gloves, burn cream, antibiotic cream, antiseptic wipes, blood clot spray or powder, and cleaning wipes.
Its a common feature in schools that we have experienced ourselves, that mock drills are carried out for fires, tornados and other potential disasters. Equally important though is that the school staff themselves be trained in coping with minor medical emergencies such as cuts and bleeding to ensure that these don’t become more serious medical problems. Additionally, this medical training should include training in CPR. The need for this becomes more obvious when we consider physical activities at schools such as swimming practise.
Fortunately, fatal accidents at school are rare and it’s a testament to proper first aid care being available and administered when required. This can make all the difference in the minutes that it takes for the medical professionals to respond to such a situation.