Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Emergency Bag for School Nurses



I've worked in 4 schools (2 JR Highs and 2 High Schools- currently at a high school)
and health emergencies tend to be similar regardless of what school I am in!
 
A staff member uses a 'call button' or phone to call the office responsible
for all emergencies (usually the main office of the dean's office).
In a health emergency they frantically say "We need The Nurse"....
then The Nurse is called via a walkie talkie to report to Room # for an emergency.

However, 99.8% of the time I am never told what the emergency consists of!
This used to bother me because I felt as though I was walking into the unknown;
but anymore I'm OK with not knowing- I'm ready regardless of the situation.
 
Here are some examples of emergencies I've been called to help with over the years:
  • broken bones
  • fainting- especially after a blood drive
  • seizures
  • fights- some are sadly really bad- unconsciousness, broken bones, bleeding- paramedics called kind of bad!
  • strokes- a couple of teachers I've worked with have had strokes @ school. both fully recovered.
  • anxiety attacks
And I'm certain there are more that my memory takes for granted and I'm failing to mention now :)
 
So, I have learned to be mentally prepared to walk into anything and
I also need to have supplies with me to treat a variety of situations when I arrive.
 
To help me feel prepared I have arranged an "Emergency Bag"
always stocked and ready to 'grab n' go!' to any emergency. 
I also always bring my walkie talkie to keep in touch
with the LPN (yes, I'm spoiled!) who stays in the nurse's office
eagerly waiting my updates. 
She knows that no news is good news &
something I can handle without help from the outside (ie the local paramedics).
Also, the school security office (a former EMT and firefighter- spoiled again)
 meets me at the call and typically one of the deans arrives too.
 
 
This bag was left for me to use by the nurse I replaced when she left after 14 years service!
I'm not sure where she purchased it, but it works out great!
When kids or staff members see me in the halls with this on my shoulder they know I'm
headed to a situation and they make room for me in the hallways-
which as you know can be really crowded sometimes!
 
 
Here is the bag unzipped- it opens all the way open and so I can see everything I have inside.
And what is "everything you wonder"...Let's see-
  • BP cuff & stethoscope
  • Pulse Ox from the 1900s- but it works great!
  • Liquid Benadryl
  • Penlights
  • Instant Ice Packs
  • GLOVES
  • gauze pads
  • band aids
  • Glucometer
  • Glucose Tablets
  • Lancets
  • Alcohol Pads
  • chewable Baby Aspirin
  • CPR mask
  • Pen- to write with
  • Paper- to write on
 
I am also lucky enough to have standing orders for the items mentioned above
and a few more that aren't mentioned too!
 
As for teacher classrooms- they are offered
gloves and band aids to keep on hand (no pun intended!).
We don't have an actual classroom emergency kit at this point in time-
maybe we will make something in the future;
I'm not sure what our Safety Committee will decide.
Pin It!

8 comments:

  1. A great article - one of the most common questions we get is what supplies should be in an emergency bag. We wrote a blog article about emergency bags for school nurses: http://blog.schoolhealth.com/bid/80413/How-To-Equip-School-Nurses-with-the-Right-Emergency-Medical-Supplies if you want to take a look. I would love to get your feedback!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Jessica- I had no idea School Health (where I order a lot of my supplies via very helpful Brian Perry!) had a blog! I will for sure check out your article and let you know my thoughts!
      Thanks.

      Delete
  2. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  3. How did you get standing orders for the asa, glucagon, epi pen etc? Do you have a doctor that over sees things at the school district your work for?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, the school district I work at 'hires' a local MD to provide us with standing orders. This person is paid a flat fee for a contract position. In addition to standing orders I can ask any medical related questions etc pertaining the school climate etc. Hope that helps? If not let me know!

      Delete
  4. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  5. MedGrocery Inc is your inexpensive alternative source for medical supplies and accessories. From ECG cables, Spo2 sensors, NIBP Cuffs to a multitude of other medical equipment accessories. On an average Medical Grocery presents savings of up to 80% compared to OEM accessories. Our entire product meets the specifications set forth by the manufacturer

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...