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To align with University directives and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all in person activities, events and programs involving children should be conducted virtually and in alternative formats until further notice. These changes will remain in effect until otherwise directed by University of Michigan leadership and public health officials. Please check here periodically for resources and updates to support virtual experiences that align with the Children on Campus policy.

Preparations and Planning

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Program administrators should prepare and plan in advance for situations that may require an emergency response

Be Aware:

  • Children and adults might experience medical emergency situations due to:
    • Injuries
    • Complications of chronic health conditions
    • Unexpected major illnesses
  • Children with special healthcare needs may be at additional risk for medical emergencies

  • Special training of staff may be necessary
  • Communicable disease emergencies involve exposures for which there needs to be contact tracking and management. For guidance, contact:
  • Environment, Health and Safety at 734-647-1143 (Ann Arbor)
    • Safety Management Services at 734-764-4427 (Michigan Medicine)
    • Environmental Health and Safety at 810-766-6763 (UM-Flint)
    • Environmental Health and Safety at 313-593-5000 (UM-Dearborn)

  • Decide about the roles for all authorized adults in advance, and ensure everyone understands their own role and is comfortable with it
  • Identify at least one adult that can be certified in CPR/First Aid and have him/her trained/certified
  • Identify a key person to develop and implement the emergency plan
  • Maintain a list of names, locations and contact information of trained professional resources to provide guidance during emergencies
  • Develop policies that are flexible to better accommodate age-appropriate responses. (Younger children will require closer supervision during an emergency situation, while older children/teens may be able to provide assistance)
  • Consult with medical professionals as needed
  • Identify who should be notified if an emergency occurs

  • If an automated external defibrillator (AED) is on site, ensure it’s properly maintained
  • It’s a good idea to create an emergency medical kit
    • Keep in secure area
    • Organized and monitored
    • Accessible

Your emergency medical kit should include:

  • Absorbent cotton
  • Adhesive strips (assorted)
  • Alcohol/swabs
  • Antibacterial soap
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Butterfly bandages (large, small)
  • Cotton-tipped swabs
  • CPR mask
  • Dental rolls (nose packing)
  • Disposable gloves
  • Elastic bandages
  • Eye pads
  • Gauze pads and rolls
  • Insect sting kit
  • Instant cold pack
  • Medications (EpiPens, pain relievers, antihistamines, individual participant medications)
  • Moleskin
  • Non-stick pads
  • Adhesive tape
  • Safety pins
  • Scissors
  • Sealable plastic bags
  • Splints
  • Steri-strips
  • Sterile dressing (4×4, 2×2)
  • Thermometer
  • Tongue depressors
  • Tweezers
  • Zinc oxide
  • *Knowledge of location of nearest AED

  • Maintain “Authorization to Treat” and “Medical Information” forms in a central location
  • It’s recommended that at least one adult be certified in CPR/First Aid
  • Develop policies, procedures, and protocols for responding to life-threatening allergic reactions (especially related to food triggers)

Children with chronic medical conditions or other special healthcare needs are more susceptible to medical emergencies and require a heightened sense of readiness

  • Work with medical professionals to develop individual emergency care plans as needed
    • These should be copied and made available to medical personnel if hospital treatment should become necessary