Emergencies Requiring Transport of Victims
An emergency at a school site often precipitates the need for emergency transport of the student to a hospital or other acute medical treatment facility. How does one determine if the injury is severe enough to require transport?
Normally, the decision to transport is made by EMS personnel after they have arrived at the scene, assessed the incident, and, as appropriate, consulted with other medical personnel. As such, the subjective judgment of the school nurse or principal to call 911 is not determinative with respect to emergency transport, and emergency calls should be made such that they always err on the side of caution.
Differences Between Emergencies and Disasters
- Disasters require the response of numerous agencies and organizations and multiple levels of government simultaneously.
- Disasters disrupt the normal autonomy and freedom of action of individuals, organizations, and governmental entities. A new, temporary social order may be put in place during a disaster.
- Different performance and treatment standards apply during disasters. Speed of response and individualized care given to treating the injured is superseded by a need to triage victims to better allocate resources.
- Normal procedures, privacy and property rights, and public/private distinctions may be suspended during disasters. Mobilization supersedes due process for the common good.
Transport of a Student in Event of Emergency
Procedures When Parent/Guardian is Present
Procedures When Parent/Guardian is NOT Present
Procedures When School Nurse is NOT Present