Re: Parental Releases
hsien-jin teoh (hsien@PSY.UWA.EDU.AU)
Fri, 9 Jun 1995 06:08:48 +0800
>The idea of having a parental release with a unit is that it can be used
>at a hospital in the event of a medical emergency to authorize treatment.
>In some areas a signed statement will do just fine. Others want to see a
>notarized statement. In any case the hospital emergency room will render
>care, if the situation is life endangering. The release comes into play
>when the injury is not life endangering; e.g. a painful broken bone, etc.
>This is something Scouters should check out locally - ask your DE and/or
>commissioner staff about local Council policy.
I that having supportive parents in the troop is most important in this
case. 2 cases that I had to deal with brought the message home to me. One
involved a scout who got his back badly burnt during a camp in the bush (in
Australia). Being quite far from anywhere, I got him out, and at the
nearest train station, revaluated the situation, phoned his parents up and
told them to meet us at the hospital that I worked at (which was the closest
one) and rushed him there.
The next case involved a coconut tree that dropped (it was rotten !) on a
scout. When we got to the scene , in Malaysia, we realised how lucky we
were as it had just grazed his head (narrowly missed) but still caused a
nasty big scratch which needed 1 stitch, the scout's parents were most
understanding. While we were patching up the kid, someone told us that we
had a bigger problem, "The Group Leader had fainted !" On revival all he
could say was "Is the boy alive, what will I tell his parents" (Luckily "he"
had sympathetic parents !)
My current Group is close to hospitals and so letting the staff and parents
know what your actions will be in a time of emergency has been quite useful
as we have had one or two nasty expariences recently. My work in running a
First Aid Post at the recent Australian Jamboree brought showed how
important it was for the local's (Clinics and hospitals to be aware of your
existence, thus facilitating services that you can't handle yourself).
Hsien-Jin Teoh. Sea Scout Leader, 1st Pelican Pt, Australia.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City