Knowing is half the battle.
The American Heart Association got it right. When trained in CPR, students are instructed to point to someone and say, “you call 911 and get the AED.” This action is imperative because it ensures that that assignment is given to a particular person ensuring there is no misunderstanding of who should carry out that demand. I think about that every time I consult with a school administrator and ask a very simple question, “who in this building has been trained in First Aid and CPR.” Then I ask another question, “what type of medical issues are your students experiencing, and who has been trained to help them.” I don’t do it to be mean but to make a point. All three questions are pretty simple, and administrators should know the answers, but more times than I care to admit, they can not respond. Can you imagine a parent with a child with severe allergies, asthma, or any medical issues asking that question when considering enrolling their child in your school? How would your response impact their decision?
Administrators, I know you have a million things on your plate so let’s get this one marked off your list.
Start a google doc (if your district is not using google doc. You are missing out).
- Create a folder title: “Staff Medical Training List.”
- Create a spreadsheet with all your staff members’ names in the left column
- Add your identified training titles across the top role
- Send a link to the document to all your staff with the following instructions:
- Indicate the training you have received by placing the date received and (if applicable) the date expired.
- Due date and the frequency of updates
- Send the document out in September and then again in January.
- Print and provide your list to teachers, security, school building administrators, and the main office.
That’s it! Now when someone asks, “Who in your building is certified in First Aid and CPR, “ you can simply pull your list out and spare yourself the awkward stare by the person asking. Let us help simplify your life and address other issues that impact the safety, health, and wellness of your students and staff. Schedule a 15-minute phone dialog and learn how we can help.