First Aid Policy


Purpose:

 

Laburnum Primary School has procedures for supporting student health for students with identified health needs and will provide a basic first aid response as set out in the procedure below to ill or injured students due to unforeseen circumstances and requiring emergency assistance. The purpose of this policy is to ensure the school community understands our school’s approach to first aid for students.

 

Scope:

 

First aid for anaphylaxis and asthma is provided for in our school’s:

Policy:

 

From time to time, Laburnum Primary School staff might need to administer first aid to students at school or school activities. Parents/carers should be aware that the goal of first aid is not to diagnose or treat a condition.

 

First Aid Officers

 

Consistent with the Department’s First Aid Policy and Procedures, the school has employed a part time first aid officer as well as allocating additional staff member/s as First Aid Officer/s. The names and details of First Aid Officers, including their level of first aid and first aid expiry dates, can be provided if required.

 

First Aid Officer Duties

 

The First Aid Officer/s is required to undertake a coordinating role maintaining standard medical service provision, student medical records and parent notifications. 

Their specific duties include:

  • Participating in the risk management process within the school as part of the school’s OHS team.  This may include contributing to risk management solutions and providing feedback on injury reports and first aid register data to identify persistent or serious hazards.
  • Providing first aid emergency awareness training for staff, including emergency notification processes, a list of responsible officers and provision of emergency phone numbers.
  • Coordinating first aid duty rosters and maintaining first aid room and first aid kits
  • Providing first aid services commensurate with competency and training.  This may include all or some of emergency life support including response to life threatening conditions which may occur in the school (e.g. cardiac arrest or respiratory difficulties associated with asthma), management of severe bleeding, basic wound care, fractures, soft tissue injury.
  • 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.
  • Providing input on first aid requirements for excursions and camps.

 

The First Aid Officer/s will be available at the school during normal working hours and at other times when authorised Department programs are being conducted.

Where possible, only staff with first aid qualifications will provide first aid.  However, in an emergency other staff may be required to help within their level of competency.

The school's register of staff trained in first aid is located in the school's Emergency Mangement Plan. This will be reviewed annually as part of the Emergency Management Plan update.

 

First aid kits

 

Laburnum Primary School will maintain:

  • A major first aid kit which will be stored in the First Aid room.
  • Three or more portable first aid kit/s which may be used for excursions, camps or yard duty. The portable first aid kit/s will be stored in the First Aid room.

The First Aid Officer will be responsible for maintaining all first aid kits.

 

First aid kits will be available for all groups that leave the school on excursions. The content of these kits will be dependent on the nature of the activities, the number of students and staff, and the location of the excursion.

Portable first aid kits will be available for staff on yard duty. These kits will contain:

  • a pair of single use plastic gloves
  • a bottle of sterile eye solution
  • gauze and band-aids
  • record book & pen
  • First Aid passes

 

Care for ill students

 

Students who are unwell should not attend school.

 

If a student becomes unwell during the school day, they may be directed to the First Aid room and monitored by staff. Depending on the nature of their symptoms, staff may contact parents/carers or an emergency contact person to ask them to collect the student.

 

First aid management

 

If there is a situation or incident which occurs at school or a school activity which requires first aid to be administered to a student:

  • Staff who have been trained in first aid will administer first aid in accordance with their training. In an emergency situation, other staff may assist in the administration of first aid within their level of competence.
  • In a medical emergency, staff may take emergency action and do not need to obtain parent/carer consent to do so. Staff may contact Triple Zero “000” for emergency medical services at any time.
  • In the event of a student requiring medical attention, an attempt will be made to contact the parents/guardians before calling for medical attention except in an extreme emergency.
  • In serious cases, parents/guardians will always be informed as quickly as reasonably practical of their child’s condition and of the actions taken by the school.
  • Staff may also contact NURSE-ON-CALL (on 1300 60 60 24) in an emergency. NURSE-ON-CALL provides immediate, expert health advice from a registered nurse and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • If staff providing first aid determine that an emergency response is not required but that medical advice is needed, school staff will ask parents/carers, or an emergency contact person, to collect the student and recommend that advice is sought from a medical practitioner.
  • Any student who is collected from school by parents/guardians as a result of an injury, or who is administered treatment by a doctor/hospital or ambulance officer as a result of an injury, or has an injury to the head, face, neck or back, or where a teacher considers the injury to be greater than “minor” will be reported on Department of Education Accident/Injury form LE375, and entered onto CASES21 (including reporting any first aid administered in a medical emergency to the Department’s Incident Support and Operations Centre)
  • A Record of First Aid Treatment will be kept in the Sick Bay and information recorded for all students treated in the Sick Bay. A slip will be filled in and sent home with the student, indicating date and time of attendance in the Sick Bay, the treatment given and the person administering the first aid.
  • It is the policy of the school that all injuries to the head are reported to the Principal Team Member in charge of First Aid and that parents/emergency contacts are contacted regarding the injury.

In accordance with guidance from the Department of Education and Training, analgesics, including paracetamol and aspirin, will not be stored at school or provided as a standard first aid treatments. This is because they can mask signs of serious illness or injury. 

 

Communication:

 

This policy will be communicated to our school community in the following ways:

  • Available publicly on our school’s website
  • Included in staff induction processes and staff training
  • Included in staff handbook/manual
  • Discussed at staff briefings/meetings as required
  • Included in transition information
  • Discussed at parent information nights/sessions
  • Reminders in our school newsletter
  • Hard copy available from school administration upon request

Further information and resources:

 

Other medical forms are available on our Forms page.

 

 

Evaluation:

 

The school council will evaluate this policy as part of the three-year cycle of policy reviews. 

 

This policy was last noted by School Council in:  September 2021

 

 

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