Medical emergencies can be scary and even scarier at school, but planning a response may seem daunting. So how can your kiddo’s school start to be prepared ?
Medical emergencies happen, so response planning is critical
When you think of emergencies at schools, fire drills and intruder alerts probably come to mind, and these are important protocols! Also important is being prepared for medical emergencies, especially considering how many students – and adults – at the school have a medical condition that can become acute and life-threatening.
On this episode of the podcast, I guide you through the five steps to medical emergency response planning at school:
- Take a team approach to plan out goals and a preparedness timeline
- Educate all members of the school community on how to recognize and respond to a medical emergency
- Develop and implement a medical emergency response protocol unique to the school
- Practice and refine the school’s unique response protocol
- Continue to refresh on education and the protocol
Response planning may seem overwhelming at first, but Code Ana really lays out nicely and with a very reasonable timeline how to be better prepared!
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Additional Show Notes
I talked about our non-profit…
The non-profit is The Teal Schoolhouse, whose primary program is Code Ana. Code Ana equips schools for medical emergencies like anaphylaxis. Our primary program is the Code Ana School Program, which is a comprehensive approach to school-focused medical preparedness. This program guides schools through the process of creating a medical emergency response plan. This is one of the most important components of a school’s food allergy policy!
A response plan is important for all kiddos and for adults at any school! Our primary goal is to share the School Program, and Code Ana’s Online Epinephrine Training Program helps support that goal. Through this program, you will educate yourself while you support this important mission! (BTW although Pam and I serve in leadership roles of Code Ana and The Teal Schoolhouse, our time/effort/work is completely voluntary).
So… does your kiddo’s school have Code Ana?