Keep kids safe in school by staying up to date with first aid knowledge.
Safety should be a top priority in the classroom, so teachers must keep a plentiful stock of the appropriate medical supplies and stay up to date on proper first aid procedures. You can't always prevent accidents from happening, especially when you're in charge of 20 or so students at a time. It's essential for teachers to be prepared for common classroom injuries like scrapes, cuts and burns. Follow this guide to enhance your classroom first aid strategy.
Minor cuts and scrapes Kids can be clumsy, so minor scrapes and cuts are common for school-aged children. While they may put your students in tears, these injuries don't pose much of a health risk if they are treated properly. However, adequate after-injury care requires the right supplies, so it's important to keep a fully stocked first aid kit in the classroom at all times.
If a minor cut or scrap does happen, use a gauze pad from your classroom first aid kit to stop the bleeding. Have the student rinse his or her wound under warm water and wash around the cut with soap to prevent infection, advises the Mayo Clinic. Apply an antibiotic ointment and cover the cut with a bandage.
While students with minor cuts can be patched up and sent back to class, more serious wounds may need professional medical attention. Follow your school's protocol when these situations occur.
Wood and metal shop As the grade level rises, so does the degree of classroom danger. As students get older, they are given more privileges and responsibilities. For example, many high school students get the chance to work with power tools in woods class and chemicals in science courses. If you are teaching a woods class this year, make sure all students understand proper safety procedures when working with sharp and powerful tools. Minor cuts are bound to happen, so have first aid supplies on hand to quickly stop the bleeding and prevent infection.
However, with such dangerous equipment, there is also potential for more serious injuries that require medical attention. While students with minor cuts can be patched up and sent back to class, more serious wounds may need professional medical attention. Follow your school's protocol when these situations occur.
In these types of classes, students should also wear safety goggles while working to prevent debris from irritating or cutting their eyes. Metals classes specifically should provide students with welding safety glasses to protect their eyes when welding, cutting and brazing. Have these supplies on hand rather than making students get them on their own. This way, you can ensure the kids can participate safely in class regardless of their own transportation issues or time constraints outside of the classroom.
"Make sure students are trained on chemical safety."
Science class Between the use of chemicals and Bunsen burners in science class, there's a big potential for burn accidents in the classroom. Have a policy in place for treating minor burns, and always have first aid supplies such as the Burn Free Emergency Kit. Additionally, take preventative measures by making sure students are trained on chemical safety, have the proper equipment and know to never use the lab without a teacher present.
As a member of the school staff, it is your responsibility to keep the children safe. Stay up to date on first aid procedures to help reduce the risk of serious injury.