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Information on changes to first aid and administration of medicines

Following recent training and national guidance, we will be making some changes to aspects of healthcare which parents and carers need to be aware of.

A full copy of the policy is available on the website and from the school office.

Individual Health and Care plans (IHCplan)

The school will ensure that pupils with lifelong, chronic or similar conditions are provided with an individual healthcare plan. This is particularly important for pupils requiring emergency medication.

Pupils who have asthma will have an asthma plan, this will be agreed with the pupil and parents and shared with relevant staff.

Medicines

The school will only administer medicines in the following circumstances:

  • It is part of an emergency situation ( eg- anaphylaxis)
  • The child has an IHCplan which details medication and the staff member has had training from a health professional (eg- diabetes)
  • The child suffers from febrile convulsions and needs paracetamol to reduce the temperature when it reaches over 39 degrees (parents will be contacted)
  • Aspirin will be offered to someone suffering from a  possible heart attack
  • On a residential school trip, where permission has been given by letter and medicines are in appropriate containers. The most senior member of staff will administer these (eg- travel sickness tablets)

Staff will not administer medications which include:

  • Anti-histamines unless for a pupil on an IHCplan (or for a pupil on a residential trip with permission from a parent)
  • Antibiotics. Parents/ carers should administer all antibiotics, if these are prescribed for a pupil up to 4x daily, parents should seek GP advice, as often this can be reduced to 3x daily.
  • Paracetamol (eg -Calpol) Current advice is that the school should not administer this without dispensation from a medical professional. There have been several reasons for this which include: use of paracetamol masking a serious/ life-threatening illness, risk of damage to the liver, heart and kidneys  through overdose, risk of dangerous reaction especially if other medicines are in the body and link between the rise in paracetamol use and asthma attack. The most recent guidance suggests that paracetamol based products should be used to treats known pain (eg -ear ache) but not to reduce a temperature (unless febrile convulsions are likely)

All medicines will be kept securely and given back to parents for disposal when out of date.

Parents will be informed when medicines have been administered for any purpose.

 

Inhalers

Salbutamol Inhalers and spacers used to treat asthma are no longer classed as a medicine. Pupils with known asthma should have an inhaler available to them in school at all times.  The school will also purchase their own inhalers for emergency use by any pupil with breathing difficulties. If you do not wish your child to have access to this, please let the office know.

Allergies

The extent of any allergies and intolerances will need to be recorded for every pupil in school. Allergies which result in slight swelling, a rash or similar may develop into a more serious situation at any time.

If the school suspects that your child has anaphylaxis, you will be required to provide two epi-pens (or similar) for use in school. This will form part of an Individual Health Care plan agreed with parents. 

First Aid

  • The school will seek medical advice on any cut, burn or injury over 5cm long or an injury which is unusually deep.
  • The school recommends that parents observe children following any head injury for at least 4 hours and if in doubt that they seek medical advice. Information on what to look out for will be on head injury letters.
  • The school will no longer use wipes to clean cuts or grazes owing to the risk of infection, water will be used to irrigate the area. You may wish to send your child to school with extra socks, in case these get wet following a graze on the knee.
  • The school will not remove splinters or use tweezers for any purpose.
  • Parents will be contacted about any bleed which fails to stop after 15 minutes, this includes nose bleeds.
  • Plasters will be used on pupils to reduce infection in wounds and contaminate blood infecting school surfaces or other persons. Pupils who cannot use plasters will be isolated until blood has fully clotted.
  • All suspected broken bones will be assessed by a qualified medical practitioner and transfer to hospital or clinic will be the responsibility of the parents. Staff will travel with children to hospitals in emergency situations.

 

Illness

  • If your child complains that they are unwell but has no obvious symptoms please send them to school, we will contact you if they are sick.
  • If your child has a temperature above 38 degrees contact a health professional for advice before sending them to school.
  • An episode of sickness and/ or diarrhoea requires 48 hour ( 2 day) isolation form others in school.
  • Pupils can attend school with coughs and mild colds, ensure they have tissues.
  • Pupils with headaches will be initially treated as being low in oxygen or dehydrated, we will provide water and fresh air to see if this improves the situation before contacting parents and carers. In hot weather this is particularly likely as classrooms can become claustrophobic very quickly.

 

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