Medical Emergencies

Life Threatening Medical Emergency means that the patient requires immediate medical intervention to stabilize and prevent the medical condition from deteriorating. Examples of life threatening medical emergencies are: compound fractures; severe lacerations; internal bleeding; severe burns; difficulty in breathing; heart problems; shock; severe allergic reactions to insect bites/foods/medications; poisonous plants contact or animal bites; ingestion of chemicals/poisoning; and unconsciousness.

Preparation
Maintain a fully supplied first aid kit at the child care site.
Ensure that all staff must have current certification in First Aid/CPR

Response
Person finding injured or ill person shall:

Remain calm, render first aid, and call for help. Do not move the injured or sick person unless his/her safety and health are at risk.

Call 911 for emergency medical services and report the incident or request someone else to call. Stay on the line with the dispatcher and provide information as requested.

Assign a staff member, if possible, to ensure that the children are removed from the area where the medical emergency is occuring.

Response
Person in charge should:
Report the incident to 911 if they have not already been called.
Assign an individual to meet the emergency medical personnel to guide them to the location.
Pull the medical release form of the injured person from the files and provide it to the emergency medical personnel upon arrival.
Assign a staff person to accompany the patient to the hospital.
Make notification to appropriate emergency contact of the patient.
Insure that the appropriate paperwork is completed.
Contact the following to report the incident:
Licensing Representative
Immediate Supervisor
Maintain communication with staff member assigned to stay with the patient for progress reports.

Adapted from Bright Horizons Family Solutions: “Read to Respond: Emergency Preparedness Plan for Early Care & Education Centers.