First Aid Policy

First Aid Policy
Aims:
The aims of the First Aid Procedures are as follows:
To assess and treat minor injuries
To identify major injuries and pursue policy in place for treating same
To provide basic First Aid treatment for minor injuries
To provide a common approach for administering First Aid
To ensure that safe practices are being followed in the administration of First Aid.

First Aid Procedures
Minor accident or injury is one where a child has received scrape, graze, bump or minor cut to arm, leg or body.
Serious accident or injury is one where child has received injury which may require further treatment, or any head injury.
Location of First Aid:
A First Aid Boxes are located in the PE Teachers Office beside the Sports Hall. First Aid boxes are also located in the staffroom and school office.
Teachers will treat any pupils requiring First Aid during class time
The Principal and other designated teachers will administer First Aid to any pupils requiring treatment during break-times.

Content of First Aid Kit:
• Disposable gloves, Hypacool Icepack, Strile Saline Pods, Surgical Tape, Conforming Bandage, Moist sterile wipes, dressing. Scissors, cotton wool and dry gause.
• A copy of all pupil contact numbers is retained in the school office. These are updated when necessary.
• Travel First Aid Kits are taken by class teacher on field-trips, class-tours, sports events and when the teacher leaves the school-grounds…

Treatments:
• Cuts, grazes, blood injuries –First Aider while wearing disposable gloves cleans wound using sterile water wipes. All gloves and waste are discarded after each injury.
• Sprains/suspected breaks – ice pack applied. Class teacher and principal are notified and parents are contacted.
• Head Injuries are always checked and reported to class teacher and principal. The injured child is monitored and parents are notified by telephone. The Office is responsible for contacting home. If a parent cannot be contacted, a voicemail is left and a note is placed in the pupil’s homework journal.
• The purpose of the telephone call is to alert parents of the possibility of concussion symptoms emerging later in the day when child has left school.
Treatment of Serious Injury
• In case of emergency, teacher present will call for support from partner teacher or teacher nearest in accordance with supervision policy, class teacher attends to injured pupil, and partner teacher takes responsibility for supervision of remainder of pupils.
• Principal/Deputy Principal will be notified and if it is considered prudent, an ambulance will be called.
• Pupil should be placed in recovery position, unless back or spine injury is suspected.
• Administering Medication-. Pupils with a chronic illness must have board of management approval before medication can be administered in school.

• Records:
• A report is filed in the Accident Report Book /First Aid book by the First Aider. The report includes the date of incident, brief description of injury and action taken.
• An Accident Report Form is filled out for all serious injuries or accidents. These records are retained in the school office.
• School maintains these records for 10 years.
• At the end of each academic year Accident Report Forms are placed in relevant student’s file..
• Serious incidents are reported to school insurance company Allianz in line with company policy which states :
• Where a serious incident occurs, the following protocol is observed.
o Notify the company of any incident which is likely to give rise to a claim.
o Get an early report from any witnesses to the incident.
o Whilst being sympathetic and helpful, do not do or say anything which might be interpreted as an admission of liability.
o If the incident involves equipment, it should be removed from service and kept for inspection.
o Photographs taken of the exact location soon after the accident may prove invaluable in the event of an action against the school.
o In event of serious accident or injury the school has an arrangement to inform school insurers and complete usual incident report form.
Enrolment:
• Child’s enrolment form allows parents to inform school regarding pupil’s health/allergies.
• Parents should inform class teacher/office if any updated information.
• This information is kept in child’s file in the office.
Staff Training.
The board of management provides regular training to staff on dealing with typical school first aid instances.

This Policy was ratified by the BOM on March 5th 2018-

Signed by the Chairperson of the BOM Mr Conal Gibbons