Re: First Aid opportunity
Ian N Ford FRSH (addvent@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Tue, 1 Sep 1998 17:51:15 +0100
On Tue, 1 Sep 1998, Roman J. Smith wrote:
> In reading some of the postings on First Aid kits, this thought came to
> mind. If you have a scout who needs a position of responsibility, you
> could choose the Scoutmaster-assigned leadership project option and have a
> troop first-aid director. Possible duties could include troop first aid
> instructor, keeper of the first-aid kit and supplies, keeping copies of
> scouts medical forms with the first aid-supplies and checking for current
> status, and contacting CPR instructors to help keep scouts and current on
I would certainly be opposed to having a Scout having access to other kids'
( and adults') medical forms. This is clinical PERSONAL information ... even
for adults access should be on a " need to know " basis. The forms
should NOT be kept with the first aid kit, but under the control of a
responsible adult, either the Scout Master, the designated adult in
charge of the trip named on the Tour Permit, or a designated and
qualified adult first aider.
Some of the information on Class 2 and Class 3 is not relevant to first aid,
only to medical professionals. The fact that Jimmy Snooks had an
operation for undescended testicles when he was four or that a female
Explorer suiffers from menstrual problems does not need to be disclosed
to youth members.
Legally the parents give power of attorney to the ADULT in charge of a
trip ... not to a youth. Since the youth member cannot legally exercise
the power of attorney it could be argued that he does not need to see the
form. Indeed, I would argue that there was an implied duty of
confidentiality, and unless each Scout and parent agreed to this
arrangement the Scout Master could find himself in a very difficult
position if the information is misused.
I am speaking from a background as a (British) Health Service manager,
Social Work Practice Teacher and HASAWA workplace First Aider. Maybe one
of the " legal eagles " on the list could give a US perspective.
Ian N Ford
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