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First Aid Policy

The First Aid procedure at Trinity Christian School is in operation to ensure that every child, member of staff and visitor will be looked after in the event of an accident, no matter how minor or major. This policy is written in conjunction with

DfE guidance on First aid in schools: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/first-aid-in-schools

 

It is emphasised that the team consists of qualified First Aiders and not trained doctors or nurses.

In the event of an accident, all members of the school community should be aware of the support available and the procedures available to activate this.

 

The purpose of the Policy is therefore: 

  • To provide effective, safe First Aid cover for students, staff and visitors.
  • To ensure that all staff and students are aware of the systems in place.
  • To provide awareness of Health & Safety issues within school and on school trips, to prevent, where possible, potential dangers or accidents.

 

NB:  The term FIRST AIDER refers to those members of the school staff who are in possession of a valid First Aid certificate.

 

First Aiders 

First Aiders will ensure that their qualifications (provided by the school) are always up to date.

The Headteacher will ensure that first aid cover is available throughout the working hours of the school week and on school trips.  The First Aiders can be identified on the staff “Who’s who” board by their green boarder so that all staff, visitors and pupils know who to ask for assistance.  First Aid kits are available at various locations on the school site and are identified on the evacuation plan.

 

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 by:

  • Following basic hygiene procedures: single-use disposable gloves must be worn when treatment involves blood or other body fluids. Care should be taken when disposing of dressings or equipment.
  • Calling for help from other First Aiders or Emergency Services if required.
  • Helping fellow First Aiders at an incident and provide support during the aftermath.
  • Acting as a person who can be relied upon to help when the need arises.
  • In the event of a head injury it is the policy of the school to ask parents to pick up a child to take them to hospital or if necessary for the school to send them to hospital directly; ensuring that parents are aware of all head injuries promptly.

First Aid on duty 

If the teacher on duty is not a certified first aider, they should stay with the injured child and send another child to alert the first aider to attend the incident and location.

 

Accommodation

Whilst medication can be administered in the front office, the staff room is the designated First Aid room as it has a sink and is close to the toilet facilities.

 

Basic hygiene procedures

If a child has an accident, which results in bleeding or vomiting, the following procedures will be followed:

  • Wear disposable gloves
  • Open cuts and sores will be covered with the appropriate dressings taking note of any allergies to plasters etc
  • Wash the wound with water
  • Wrap blood stained tissues in a plastic bag and dispose of separately in the outdoor waste bin
  • Wash blood splashes off the skin with warm soapy water or out of eyes with water
  • Cloths, soft toys or soft furnishings stained by body fluids will be washed by hand using hot water and detergent or in the hot water cycle in a washing machine.

 

Emergency Services

It is the decision of the First Aider and Head Teacher or second First Aider to elect to call the emergency services. They will follow these guidelines:

An ambulance must be called for:

  • A wound where blood flow cannot be stemmed
  • A severe head injury (especially if resulting in loss of consciousness)
  • Hyperventilation lasting more than 10 minutes
  • An epileptic seizure that continues for longer than is normal for the individual child
  • An allergic reaction that has resulted in an Epi-pen being used
  • An asthma attack where breathing is severely compromised

An ambulance may be called for:

  • Any suspected fracture
  • A severe allergic reaction
  • Open wounds requiring suturing
  • If in any doubt about the patient’s safety

 

The First Aider will ensure that a child who is sent to hospital by ambulance has some or all of the following:

  • Is accompanied in the ambulance at the request of paramedics.
  • Is followed to hospital by a member of staff to act ‘in loco parentis’ if a relative cannot be contacted.
  • Is met at hospital by a relative.

The First Aider need not be the member of staff that is sent to accompany the casualty to hospital; however, an appropriate person should be sent.

Liaison must occur with the Head teacher/Senior Management team to ensure that lessons are covered in the event of an absent teacher (due to the above).

The First Aider will keep a record of each child attended to, the nature of the injury and any treatment given. In the case of an accident, the Accident Form must be completed by the appropriate person on duty or who witnessed the accident. 

 

The Governing Body will: 

  • Provide adequate First Aid cover as outlined in the Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 and First Aid in Schools DfE ‘Guidance (15th August 2000, updated 12th Feb 2014). 
  • Monitor and respond to all matters relating to the health and safety of all persons on school premises.
  • Ensure all new staff are made aware of First Aid procedures in school.

 

Headteacher will:

  • Make sure that they always obtain the history relating to a student not feeling well, particularly in the cases of headaches, to ensure that no injury has caused the student to feel unwell.
  • Ensure that in the event that an injury has caused a problem, the student must be referred to a First Aider for examination.
  • 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 condition.

 

Teachers will:

  • Familiarise themselves with the first aid procedures in operation and ensure that they know who the current qualified First Aiders are.
  • Be aware of specific medical details of individual children in their class.  Primary teachers to administer medicines to their children as per direction and consent of parent.  All parents must complete the Medication consent form for any medicine required during school hours.
  • Never move a casualty until they have been assessed by a qualified First Aider unless the casualty is in immediate danger.
  • Where a casualty is unable to move or come to the First Aid post, the teacher must send for help from the office or another staff member, either by a person or telephone, ensuring that the messenger knows the precise location of the casualty.  Where possible, confirmation that the message has been received must be obtained.
  • 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 child who has minor injuries to wait in the Primary seating area or to Reception if they are able to walk, where a First Aider will see them; this child should be accompanied.
  • Inform parents immediately of any serious accidents (and for all head bumps and injuries to the head).
  • Ensure that on school trips or any off-site activities a current medical consent form for every student with long term health needs is taken, which indicates any specific conditions or medications of which they should be aware. Any necessary medication must accompany students on school trips and off-site activities.  A First Aider must also accompany any school trips arranged.
  • Have regard to personal safety.
  • Log any accidents as and when they occur and inform the parent of any accident/injury on the same day or as soon as reasonably possible. Primary: on parent collection with form; Secondary: by sending home the completed form.

 

Office Staff will:

  • At the start of each academic year, provide the staff with a list of students who are known to be asthmatic, anaphylactic, diabetic and epileptic or have any other serious condition.  This medical summary information can be located in the Staff room or a copy obtained via the Office.
  • Have a file of up to date medical consent forms for every student in each year that has long term health needs and ensure that these are readily available for staff responsible for school trips/outings.
  • Administer medications for Secondary Pupils (with parental consent).  All parents must complete the Medication consent form for any medicine required during school hours.
  • Call for parents to collect a child when necessary.
  • Call for an ambulance when necessary.
  • Store all logged accidents as and when they occur.
  • Maintain and keep a file on emergency contact numbers and important medical information.

 

Staff Health:

 

All staff members must declare on the Health declaration if they have any health conditions we need to be aware of. This will be reviewed annually by the office.

If any Staff members has any conditions that may affect them during work hours, they must complete a Staff Heath Plan which can be obtained via the Office.

Staff requiring medication must ensure that all medication is stored in a safe place.

Staff must inform their manager if they are bringing any medicine on to the premises and ensure that it does not impair their ability or performance at work.