APPROACH: POLICY

FIRST AID

FIRST AID POLICY

First aid is defined as emergency treatment and life support provided to employees, students and visitors who suffer injury or illness while at work/school.

  1. The principal shall ensure that:
    1. There is a minimum of one first aider available to assist injured or ill persons. This person shall have a current Senior First Aid certificate that covers all school requirements.

    2. A first aider shall be available:
      (i) at the school or workplace during normal working hours.
      (ii) at other times when authorised programs are being conducted eg. camps and excursions, unless appropriate safety requirements are provided.

    3. Appropriate first aid kits, supplies and equipment are provided.

    4. All staff are aware of the first aid procedures and location of resources.

    5. All staff are made aware of particular medical conditions of individual students.

    6. An individual anaphylaxis management plan is developed, in consultation with the parents/guardians of any student, who is enrolled at Kamaruka with a diagnosis of being at risk of anaphylaxis. The individual anaphylaxis management plan will comply with the requirements as outlined in Ministerial Order 90

    7. Adequate hygiene practices are used.

    8. Means are available to contact emergency services in the event of sole occupancy, for example a cleaner or staff member working late.

    9. An individual asthma management plan is developed, in consultation with the parents/guardians of any student, who is enrolled at Kamaruka with a diagnosis of severe asthma.

  1. Parents and/or guardians are to ensure that they:
    1. keep the school informed of current medical contact details concerning students.

    2. keep the principal informed of current medical condition and appropriate history of students.

    3. inform the principal in writing of any prescribed medication that students need to take in school hours. Where medication is required in spontaneous situations, detailed administration instructions should be provided, for example in the case of asthma attacks.

  1. First Aiders:
    1. Notwithstanding the duty of care of first aiders, the treatment of illness and/or injury should be limited to those areas in which the person has received recognised training.

    2. Designated first aiders shall be responsible for:

      • administering the sick bay and its contents;

      • monitoring patients according to their condition;

      • recording all first aid treatment. A copy of treatment provided shall be forwarded with the patient where further assistance is sought. The first aider should respect the confidential nature of any information given.

      • reporting any considered hazard to the principal

First Aid Facilities

First Aid Area The designated first aid area will have provision for the
following:

  • easy access for a stretcher or wheelchair

  • access to a sink or washbasin

  • electric power points

  • facilities for ill or injured people to lie down

  • blankets and pillows

  • telephone access

First Aid Kits

First aid kits will be housed in both upstairs and downstairs classrooms, as
well as in each of the two mini-buses.
Spacers for asthma pumps will be stored in the first aid area.
A first aid kit will be carried by staff during all hiking activities.

Medication

All medication will be kept in a lockable drawer in the principal’s office and administered only by the principal or a staff member delegated by the principal.

Students will only be administered medication that has been authorised by the parents/guardians. Permission will be sought from parents before administering any pain relief medication such as paracetamol.

Arrangements for Sick Students

At School – Students who are ill will be taken to the first aid area and parents/guardians will be contacted. For severe injuries, an ambulance will be called and parents/guardians will be informed.

At camp – first aid will be administered for any injury/illness and parents/guardians will be contacted. For severe injuries, an ambulance will be called and parents/guardians will be informed. In circumstances where a critical incident occurs in a remote area with no mobile reception, an emergency beacon will be activated to access Emergency Services.

Accident & Incident Register

All accidents, violent episodes or other significant incidents will be recorded in the Daily Anecdotal Record by the principal after receiving a CIA (Critical Incident & Accident) report from the staff member concerned.

Recorded incidents will include the following details for each incident:

  • Name and year level of the student involved

  • Date & time of the accident/incident

  • Exact location of where the accident/incident occurred

  • A detailed description of how the accident/incident occurred

  • The nature of the injury/illness

  • The names of any witnesses to the accident/incident

  • The date of notification of the accident/incident

All policy documents are accessible on the Kamaruka website and are available for staff to view in each staff room. Copies are provided for parents with enrolment forms.

Evaluation

This policy will be reviewed as part of the school’s three-year review cycle.

This policy was last ratified by School Committee of Management on 5 February 2009