March 27, 2017
First Aid Training: Dealing with Allergic Reactions in Schools
Traditionally, schools have always provided staff with some first aid training to deal with pupils’ injuries and illnesses. In recent years, this has become ever more important with the rise in conditions such as allergic reactions in the nation’s children. Teachers and support staff could be faced with a child who goes from fit and healthy one moment to dangerously ill the next.
Increased Need for First Aid Training in Schools
With over half of the UK’s children suffering from some sort of allergy, an increasing minority of our young people are at risk of becoming ill at school or on a school trip. This puts schools in a position of increased responsibility and extra pressure on staff and resources, so the importance of having a team in which everybody knows what to do has never been greater.
Fortunately the knowledge and practical skills needed to help a child suffering from an allergic reaction, even a serious and life-threatening one, can easily be passed on to staff. Many schools choose to make use of their inset-days to devote some time towards this by organising first aid training which covers these areas. A popular option is to have this training take place at the school to enable all the staff who need training to complete the course together on the same inset day.
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As every school is different and has different needs this also enables the training to be tailored to the specific requirements of the school and the range of pupils it caters for. Whether this be a multi-department secondary school with over 1,200 pupils spread over a large site and multiple buildings, to a small prep school with only one form intake, the expertise of the staff and the skills they learn will have a positive impact on any pupil who becomes suddenly ill in class or on a school trip.
According to Maureen McIntyre, Director at Carlton Training, “First aid courses which include training on how to handle a situation where a pupil has an allergic reaction are very popular and our team has trained over 10,000 school staff in these essential skills. Demand is partly driven by increased awareness of allergy problems due to the publicity these situations generate in the media, but also through the direct experience of schools and teachers who more often than not have pupils who are known allergy sufferers. Our team gives people the confidence and ability to deal with these emergencies.”
Furthermore allergic reactions are not the only things that inset-day first aid courses cover Maureen says “Related problems such as asthma are taught along with the typical issues which a school may have to face such as dealing with bleeding, epilepsy, sudden unconsciousness as well as the more common nosebleeds, grazes and bumps which occur in the playground.”
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These are all vital skills and in some cases can make the difference between life and death, and in less serious cases ensure that a pupil is properly treated and that the school has properly met with its obligations to look after their pupils.
Find out more about our First Aid Training Courses here.
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