Saturday, September 24, 2011

Are You Prepared for an Employee Emergency?

Picture this.....a brand new child care program with, of course, a brand new staff that met each other 2 days earlier at orientation. Twenty minutes after the program opens on a Monday morning, one of the staff members has a massive seizure. Of course, you call 911, but then what? The EMT's show up and want to know your employee's medical history, including allergies. Perhaps you can find this on the person's Health Assessment, assuming that you took the time to properly assemble your personnel files and you're not just flipping crazily through paperwork.

Then the EMT's ask where to transport your employee. Do you know your employee's hospital preference?

Once your employee is on their way to a hospital, it's time to contact a friend or family member and let them know what has happened. Who do you contact? Hopefully some of your orientation paperwork has an emergency contact number in it. If you have it, how quickly can you put your hands on it in a stressful situation?

If you haven't figured it out by now, yes, this scenario did happen to me. And, no, I was not prepared. I was the one running around like a crazy person. I had no idea of my employee's choice of hospitals. Fortunately, I had the name of an emergency contact person, but had to search around for it.

We quickly developed a Staff Emergency Information Form for immediate implementation in each of our programs. Of course, because this form contains confidential information, it is kept in a secure location and accessible by authorized personnel only. But, heaven forbid, if we have an emergency with one (or more) of our employees in the future, the information we need will be at our fingertips.

Are YOU prepared???

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