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First Aid Policy

ST PATRICK’S PRIMARY SCHOOL and MAGHERADROLL NURSERY UNIT

 

FIRST AID POLICY

 

 

First Aid is care given to an injured person (in order to minimise injury, future disability, to preserve life and to promote recovery) before professional medical care is available. Teachers and other staff are expected to use their best endeavours at all times, particularly in emergencies, to secure the welfare of pupils in the same way that parents/carers might be expected to act towards their own children.

As a school our aim is also to promote health and safety awareness in children and

adults, in order to prevent first aid being necessary and to encourage every child and adult to begin taking responsibility for their health needs.

This policy works in conjunction with the following policies:

  • Administration of Medication
  • Use of Emergency Inhalers
  • Use of Emergency Auto Adrenilin Injectors
  • Pastoral Care
  • Child Protection and Safeguarding
  • Intimate Care
  • Data Protection
  • Educational Visits
  • Staff Code of Conduct

First Aid Roles and Responsibilities

The Principal is responsible for ensuring that there is an adequate number of qualified First Aiders. This should be in line with EA recommendations for first aid provision.

Mr Coulter is the Designated First Aider.

He has completed the First Aid at Work training

The following staff have completed the Emergency First Aid training:

  • Mrs Lisa Connolly
  • Mrs Caroline McCreevy
  • Mrs Sonya McCartan
  • Mrs Jane Lynn

The relevant staff will be trained in any aspects of First Aid required to meet the needs of pupils with specific medical needs. Mr Coulter has responsibility for arranging this training e.g. asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, the use of Auto Adrenaline Injectors.

 

First Aid Equipment

Portable First Aid kits are available and used any time our pupil’s are off site.

Mr Coulter will ensure the maintenance of the contents of the first aid kits and

other supplies. He will check and replenish them when necessary.

All staff will ensure that they have read the school and nursery First Aid policy.

First Aid Boxes

First Aid Boxes are located in;

The Foundation Stage Area

The Photocopier Room

The Nursery Unit

A portable first aid kit is stored in the Infant area shed (for ease of access).

Another portable first aid kit is stored in the First Aid Cupboard in the photocopy room.

Extra supplies are stored in First Aid Cupboard in the photocopy room.

All staff are provided with a list of medical needs for children in the school and nursery. Emergency Care Plans are also provided.

Contents of First Aid Kits:

  • Scissors
  • At least 20 individually wrapped sterile adhesive dressings (appropriate sizes)
  • At least 2 sterile eye pads
  • At least 6 triangular bandages
  • Safety pins
  • At least 6 medium sized sterile, unmedicated wound dressings
  • At least 2 large sterile, unmedicated wound dressings
  • At least 3 extra large sterile, unmedicated wound dressings
  • Disposable gloves
  • Ice Pack (located in Staff room fridge and Nursery Fridge, Instant ice packs are stored in the photocopy room cupboard opposite the first aid box ).

PROCEDURES

 

In School

  • All staff, both teaching and non-teaching are      responsible for dealing with minor incidents requiring first aid.
  • If there is any concern about the first aid which      should be administered then the qualified first aider must be consulted - Mr      Paul Coulter
  • During lesson time any pupil complaining of illness is sent to the First Aider.
  • If an accident occurs in the playground and first aid is required, then one of the staff on duty in the playground should treat the injury if it minor eg cut or graze. If the member of staff has any concerns he/she will report it to the First Aider.
  • If there are any doubts over the health or welfare of a pupil the parent/carer will be contacted immediately (numbers located on SIMS).
  • All head injuries will be reported to the parent/carer immediately.
  • IF THE SITUATION IS LIFE THREATENING THEN AN AMBULANCE SHOULD BE CALLED AT THE EARLIEST OPPORTUNITYWITHOUT WAITING FOR THE APPOINTED PERSON TO ARRIVE ON THE SCENE. MEMBERS OF STAFF SHOULD BE PLACED STRATEGICALLY TO GUIDE AMBULANCE STAFF TO THE PUPIL.
  • No member of staff or volunteer helper should administer first aid unless they have had proper training provided through EA.
  • Hands should be washed before and after administering first aid. Disposable gloves should be worn.
  • In the event of a serious incident an ambulance is called and a member of staff will accompany a pupil to the hospital. A parent/carer is asked to go immediately to the hospital. It may be appropriate to transport a pupil to hospital without using an ambulance. This should be on a voluntary basis. In such cases staff should ensure they have specific cover from their insurance company.
  • If a pupil sustains a serious injury, they should not be moved.

EDUCATIONAL VISITS

  • While on a visit, school staff should ensure that      they have a mobile phone and staff also take appropriate medication for      the pupil, inhalers etc.
  • If the educational visit is off site teachers      must take a first aid kit.
  • The Principal has responsibility for ensuring      staff have adhered to the school’s
  • Educational Visits procedures’ (as set out in the      Good Practice on Education Visits Guidance) when organising a visit. All      staff should refer to it.
  • A Risk Assessment will be carried out as part of      an educational trip.

ACTION AT AN EMERGENCY (To be undertaken by a trained First Aider)

  • Assess the situation: Are there dangers to the      First Aider or the casualty? Make the area safe, look at injury: Is there      likely to be a neck injury?
  • Assess the casualty for responsiveness: Does the      casualty respond?

IF THERE IS NO RESPONSE:

  • Open airways by placing one hand on the forehead      and gently tilt the head back.
  • Remove any obvious obstructions from the mouth      and lift the chin.
  • Check for breathing. If the casualty is breathing      assess for life threatening injuries

and then place in the recovery position. If the casualty is not breathing send for a

helper to call an ambulance and give 30 chest compressions then 2 rescue breaths.

  • Continue CPR until the paramedics arrive or until      you get a response. This can be

quite strenuous and it is best to have another qualified First Aider there to relieve you.

INCIDENT REPORTING

  • All incidents are recorded. Minor incidents are recorded on an      accident slip. The original is      reported verbally to the parent/guardian at the end of the day if he/she      is collecting the child. All parent/guardians will be informed of minor incidents      through the use of the accident report slips which is completed and sent      home with the pupil. A copy is also held in the pupils file.
  • All serious incidents are recorded on an      Incident/Accident Report Form which is held in the Secretary’s Office. The      Principal ensured completion of the form and this is sent to Legal      Department, EA. A copy is held in      the pupil file.
  • All records are filed and stored in line with      Data Protection and Disposal of Records Policy. These are located in the      School office.
  • Staff should complete the accident book if they      sustain an injury at work. An injured member of staff or any other      supervising adult should not continue to work if there is any possibility that      further medical treatment is needed.

CONCUSSION

Our school and nursery recognise the seriousness of concussion. Parents/Guardians are informed of concussion through the DE leaflet, Concussion, Recognise and Remove which is displayed on the School and Nursery App.

All head injuries are reported to parents/guardians immediately and they are invited to take their child to home for monitoring. They are reminded to seek medical help should concussion signs and symptoms be displayed

 

CONTAMINATION / HYGIENE

• No person must treat a pupil who is bleeding, without wearing protective gloves.

• Protective gloves are stored in the first aid kits.

• Cover open cuts or wounds on your own skin with a waterproof band-aid or similar dressing.

• Sponges and water buckets must never be used for first aid to avoid the risk of

contamination.

• Use an air shield for mouth-to-mouth breathing.

• If blood is spilled onto broken skin or your skin is punctured by a sharp object, wash area thoroughly with water.

• All body fluids (Vomit, diarrhoea and blood) must be cleaned immediately. This is vital if the spread of infections is to be reduced. Wash the area with warm water and

disinfectant and dry. Single use latex gloves should be worn and are available from the first aid cupboard. Once spillages have been put into sealed black bags, they must be put in the external dustbins for domestic waste disposal. Hands must be washed and dried after the removal of protective gloves.