Volunteer Orientation Handbook
Procedures for Accidents
Although you hope the worst never happens, you must observe Manitou Council’s procedures for handling accidents and fatalities. At the scene of an accident, first provide all possible care for the sick or injured person. Follow established council procedures for obtaining medical assistance and immediately reporting the emergency. To do this, you must always have on hand the names and telephone numbers of council staff, parents/guardians, and emergency services such as the police, fire department, or hospital emergency technicians. Troop advisors are provided with a Crisis/Emergency Procedures Card each year.
After receiving a report of an accident, council staff will immediately arrange for additional assistance, if needed, at the scene, and will notify parents/guardians, as appropriate. If a child needs emergency medical care as the result of an accident or injury, first contact emergency medical services, and then follow council procedures for accidents and incidents. Your adherence to these procedures is critical; especially with regard to notifying parents or guardians. If the media is involved, let council-designated staff discuss the incident with these representatives.
In the event of a fatality or other serious accident, notify the police. A responsible adult must remain at the scene at all times. In the case of a fatality, do not disturb the victim or surroundings. Follow police instructions. Do not share information about the accident with anyone but the police, Manitou Council, and, if applicable, insurance representatives or legal counsel.
Make sure a general first-aid kit is available at your group meeting place and accompanies girls on any activity, including transportation to and from the activity. Please be aware that you may need to provide this kit if one is not available at your meeting place. You can purchase a commercial kit or you and the girls can assemble a kit yourselves. Note medications such as aspirin require parent/guardian permission. You can also customize a kit to cover your specific needs, including flares, treatments for frostbite or snake bites, and the like.
|GSMC Crisis/Emergency Procedures Card||1 instant cold compress|
|Parent consent forms||2 pair of non-latex gloves (size large)|
|Health histories||2 hydrocortisone ointment packets|
|First-aid instruction booklet||Scissors|
|2 absorbent compress dressings (5x9 inches)||1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)|
|25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)||1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)|
|1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)||5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)|
|5 antibiotic ointment packets||5 sterile gauze pads ( 4 x 4 inches)|
|5 antiseptic wipe packets||2 triangular bandages|
|1 blanket (space blanket)||Tweezers|
|1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)||Oral thermometer (non-mercury/non-glass)|