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AUG 2011

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CASE REVIEW of blood in her mouth and no ongoing nausea, abdominal pain or signs of distress. Another student calls the paramedic aside and quietly reports that this student “gets nervous easily” and has a habit of “sticking her fi nger down her throat to make herself vomit when she wants to get out of class.” Knowing this allows a little extra reassurance for the girl from the treating EMTs and another teacher who is helping the ill students. All other victims receive assis- tance in rinsing their eyes with bottled water, drinking some fl uids to soothe any sore throats, and eating a little food. Family Notifi cation and Reunifi cation The media is reporting live on noon broadcasts, and parents are quickly arriving at the scene to see if their children are ill. With the assistance of school personnel, responders establish a communication system to let parents ® know, both on the scene and over the phone, the status of each child. The Attack One crew assigns an EMT to track all patients in the triage area, collecting their names, triage statuses and school identifi cations. Using a simple black marker, he marks each patient with a triage number on the back of their left hand. These numbers are applied only by the EMT doing the tracking; that way there is no misiden- tifying who has and hasn’t been triaged. As parents arrive, they are greeted by school personnel, and if they have a child in the triage area, they are guided toward that part of the grounds. There, another school authority confi rms the child they’re searching for, and the parents are allowed into an area adjacent to the triage area, where they can talk with their young ones. Crews in the triage area dramatically reduce parental concern by recognizing family needs and, where possible, allowing ™ family members to assist in calming patients and sharing information. Siblings are also allowed to stay in the family area, another effective method of comfort. To keep some order in the triage area and avoid mixing family and patients, family members are constantly reminded that “families to the left” would be appreciated. The school system has worked with local fi re/EMS to learn the Incident Management System. This allows school leaders to provide timely assis- tance to emergency responders in crises, and assign a public informa- tion offi cer (PIO) to work with those of other agencies. Under the plan, the school system establishes a communi- cation center for parents to facilitate family reunifi cation. The school uses its phone systems and personnel, armed with appropriate parent and guardian names, to relay information about those involved in the emergency. They can tell Knox MedVault Drug Locker SECURES NARCOTICS ON EMERGENCY VEHICLES s 3ECURE.ARCOTICS3TORAGE s 0).CODECONTROLLEDACCESS s !UDITTRAILPROVIDINGTIMEANDDATESTAMP s 2EMOTE!DMINISTRATION INCLUDING7I &I OPTION To learn more about the Knox MedVault® Call 800-566-9269 Drug Locker 7 $EER6ALLEY2OAD 0HOENIX !: For More Information Circle 21 on Reader Service Card 22 AUGUST 2011 | EMSWORLD.com swww.knoxbox.comsINFO KNOXBOX COM See Us at EMS Expo Booth #814 and FRI Booth #3131

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