As a society, we put a lot of trust in our schools. We trust that they will provide our children with an education that sets them up for success in the real world. We also trust that they will keep our children safe while they are under their care. Keeping our children safe includes having the proper medical supplies in an emergency. Here is a comprehensive list of essential medical supplies every school should have on hand.
No matter how careful you are, accidents happen. Having a well-stocked supply of bandages will help minor cuts and scrapes heal quickly so your child can return to school.
Larger than band-aids, gauze pads are necessary for more severe wounds that require extra protection and absorbency. Be sure to also have some medical tape on hand to keep the gauze pads securely.
The antibiotic ointment helps to fight infection and can be applied to minor cuts and scrapes before applying a bandage. This is an essential step in preventing more severe conditions.
Cotton swabs have many uses, from cleaning out ears to being used as makeshift ice packs in small cooler bags. In addition, they’re inexpensive and easy to store, so it’s always good to have a few on hand.
Tweezers are great for removing splinters and other small foreign objects from the skin. They can also be used to remove ticks, which are essential in preventing Lyme disease.
Safety pins come in handy for many purposes, from holding together ripped clothing to being used as a makeshift slingshot (for emergency self-defense purposes only, of course). Keep a few different sizes on hand to prepare for anything.
From opening packages to trimming bandages, scissors are a must-have for any first aid kit. But be sure to get a pair with blunt ends so you don’t accidentally hurt yourself or someone else while trying to provide aid.
Given that menstruation is a natural process that half the population goes through, schools need sanitary napkins for students who may need them. This is especially important for students who may not have access to them at home or who may not feel comfortable asking their parents for them. Having them readily available at school can help ensure that all students feel comfortable and supported.
A thermometer is one of the essential medical supplies for checking for fevers. It’s also important to have on hand if a student starts to feel sick, and you need to rule out anything serious.
Pain relievers can help to ease headaches, cramps, and other types of pain. Be sure to have both ibuprofen and acetaminophen on hand so that you can offer students the one that will work better for their particular situation.
Nausea can be caused by many things, from motion sickness to a stomach virus. Having anti-nausea medication on hand can help to ease the discomfort and make students feel better.
While no one likes to think about possible accidents or emergencies, it’s important to be prepared for them just in case. By investing in these essential medical supplies, schools can help ensure that their students are safe and protected in an emergency.