In the event of a student accident in the school or on school grounds, generally staff would follow these procedures:
- Stay at the scene of the accident until a person designated to handle the emergency arrives.
- Notify the office immediately.
- Unless it is a life-threatening situation, do not give medicine or medication.
- Protective gloves must be worn if any body fluids are involved.
- Do not move any severely injured student unless absolutely necessary for his/her immediate safety.
- Locate the Emergency Information Card for the student, and the Emergency Plan for the student, if there is one.
- Notify parent of injury. Decide with the parent on a plan of action.
If the parent cannot be reached, notify person designated on the Emergency Card. If immediate care is needed, call the physician or hospital designated by the family on the Emergency Card.
- If necessary, call EMS (9-911). Refer to JGFG-R-2. Provide EMS with a copy of the student’s Emergency Card (both sides).
- If an accident is the direct result of a play structure on the playground, secure the area and notify the Operations Department.
- Complete student accident report (see EBB-R-8) as soon as possible.
The following information from The American National Red Cross is intended to guide staff in dealing with student emergencies:
When to call EMS
If the victim is unconscious, call 0-911. Sometimes a conscious victim will tell you not to call an ambulance, and you may not be sure what to do. Call an ambulance anyway if the victim:
- Is or becomes unconscious.
- Has trouble breathing or is breathing in a strange way.
- Has chest pain or pressure.
- Is bleeding severely.
- Has pressure or pain in the abdomen that does not go away.
- Is vomiting blood or passing blood.
- Has seizures, a severe headache or slurred speech.
- Appears to have been poisoned.
- Has injuries to the head, neck or back.
- Has possible broken bones.
Also call for any of these situations:
- Fire or explosion.
- Downed electrical wires.
- Swiftly moving or rapidly rising water.
- Presence of poisonous gas.
- Vehicle collisions.
- Victims who cannot be moved easily.
Community First Aid & Safety, The American National Red Cross, 1993.