Purpose of this policy
To ensure schools respond appropriately to emergency medical situations.
School staff must:
- immediately contact emergency medical services in emergency situations (Call 000)
- be familiar with the school’s emergency procedures including those related to excursions.
In a medical emergency, staff should take emergency action without waiting for parent/guardian consent (if the incident relates to a student). Delays in these circumstances could compromise safety.
Once the action has been taken, staff should notify:
- parents/guardians or the student’s emergency contact (if the incident relates to a student)
- the Department’s Security Services Unit on (03) 9589 6266.
Examples: An emergency response may be required if the:
- parents/guardians or emergency contact delay collecting the student
- student’s health and safety starts to deteriorate.
See: First Aid
Staff providing first aid may assess that an emergency response is not required, but medical advice is needed. In these circumstances, the school should ask the parents/guardians or emergency contact person to collect the student and recommend that advice is sought from a medical practitioner.
Example: This response would apply if a student:
- receives a blow to the head but there are no signs of concussion
- reports persistent aches and pains.
Emergency assistance may then be required.
When students have a Not-For-Resuscitation (NFR) order as part of their palliative care to manage a deteriorating and life-threatening condition, the first aid response:
- should be documented in the Student Health Support Plan
- must immediately contact an ambulance.
Note: It is not the role of the school and school staff to:
- make a decision about medical prognosis
- determine whether the point of the Not-For-Resuscitation order has been reached.
Upon the principal’s discretion a staff member may accompany a student transported by emergency services when one or more of the following applies:
- a parent/guardian or emergency contact person cannot do so
- the age or development of the student justifies it
- the student chooses to be accompanied
- alternative supervision for remaining students can be arranged.
Accompanying students: private vehicle
On the rare occasion when a school staff member has to transport a student to emergency care (such as when an ambulance is not available), at least two adults should accompany the student to ensure the:
- driver is not distracted
- student can be constantly supervised.