Although extreme injuries are not a regular occurrence in dance studios, it is important to have a plan of action in place. Dance instructors and staff should be prepared to communicate and spring into action. First Aid and CPR training is extremely important for all staff. In creating an emergency plan, these points should be included:
The role of a member of your safety team (staff) should know what is expected of them and be trained to know what to do.
Standard First Aid care dictates: Check -> Call -> Care.
Another part of the plan needs to include protocols of communication. When and how will staff notify the owners/directors, parents, other students, etc. Have a list of emergency phone numbers and appropriate forms and documents in an easily accessible and secure place that is known to all staff. Keep all student emergency contact and any medical information provided by parents (i.e. allergies, heart conditions,etc) up to date and in one place. It is recommended to post emergency numbers near the phone, specifying whether another number (i.e. "9") needs to be dialed before "911". The address of the facility should also be included on the post near the phone for quick reference.
The facility's First Aid Kit needs to be well maintained and regularly checked. For sprains, strains, and bruises refer to previous blog posts concerning R.I.C.E.
CarliAnn & Ella