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General Health Precautions

(In accordance with the Durham District School Board's Policy on Communicable Diseases)

Administering First Aid

The following procedure is to be followed by all individuals who may be required to handle blood (and other fluids) when administering first aid:

Disposable gloves must be worn.
All blood/body fluids should be washed off in hot soapy water.
If blood/body fluids come into contact with an open sore, wash the area immediately in hot, soapy water.
Soiled articles should be placed in a plastic bag.
Careful hand washing is an effective and reliable precaution against transmission of disease.

Clean up of Blood/Body Fluids
Disposable gloves are to be worn.
Surfaces and objects that become soiled must be immediately washed with hot, soapy water and disinfected where possible.
All disposable materials utilized in the clean up (paper towels, dusters, first aid dressings, etc.) are to be placed in a plastic garbage bag, sealed and disposed of appropriately. It should be emphasized that careful hand washing is an effective and reliable precaution for all individuals having any contact with blood/body fluids.

Emergency Administration of Medication, First Aid & Anaphylaxis
Students should be aware that it is their responsibility to inform the school about the need for the emergency administration of medication by injection during school hours. It is the student's responsibility to provide the following:

  • physician's instruction for administering medication by injection;
  • injection kit properly maintained and up-to-date.

An anaphylactic reaction is an allergy to such things as peanuts, nuts, eggs, milk, shellfish, fish, bee stings, medications and exercise, so severe that death can occur within minutes without the administration of injected adrenaline (EpiPen or Anakit).