First Aid Projects

During the semester, students may complete three (3) special project assignments for extra credit. They may be selected from anything on this paper. Students may select another project of their own choosing if approved in advance by the instructor.

You may hand in projects early anytime. However, the first one must be handed in before the midterm or you will not receive credit for one project. First aid kits should be handed in before final exams so they may be returned at finals.

Visitation Projects: You should OK your visit with the facility involved several days before your visit.

1. Visit your nearest hospital emergency room or accident ward. Note the facilities. Observe the on-going procedures for at least one hour. Note the types of cases treated. Evaluate the adequacy of the facilities, the efficiency and accuracy of the operations, and the quality of treatment provided. Talk to some of the administrators or nurses (without interrupting their work!!) if you can. Note the moods and attitudes of the professional staff and the patients. Prepare a written report of your visit that reflects the above points considered and anything else you may observe.

2. Visit our emergency health facility here on campus (located in College Hall). Arrange to talk with one of our school nurses and ask questions about the extent, type, and nature of present health-emergency programs. Also inquire about future plans, if any. Evaluate our facilities, programs, and procedures for caring for the sick or injured student, staff member, or visitor. Prepare a written report of your impressions, with both positive comments and comments reflecting your thoughts as to how our program could be improved.

3. Visit the nearest community ambulance center (may be located in a separate facility or in a local fire hall). Talk to the professionals or volunteers on duty. Observe a rescue run, if possible. Note the equipment and facilities. Note the smoothness and efficiency (or lack of it) of operations. Evaluate the policies for training personnel and for implementing rescue procedures. Are women rescuers given equal responsibility as men? Prepare a written report that reflects and above points to be considered.

4. Visit a local industry, department store, or major business. Arrange to talk with the director or person in charge of personnel. Ask questions about accident records, about accident prevention programs (if any), about how the staff would be mobilized in the event of fire, about staff preparedness (if any) in the event of a medical emergency, about incidents of customer heart attacks, etc.. Is there any first aid room or suite in the building(s)? Is there any first aid equipment or kit, and is the staff instructed as to its usage? Survey the place yourself. How safe is it? Talk to other staff if possible. Then write a critical analysis and report of your visit.

5. Visit one of the local schools that employs an athletic trainer. Arrange for a time to visit the trainer when he/she is working to observe the operations and facilities. Observe the trainer's role in accident prevention. Discover what degree of cooperation exists between the trainer and the school health officials. Is he/she in easy and direct communication with a doctor? Is a nurse or doctor present at all interscholastic athletic events? Does the trainer work with both male and female athletes? Evaluate the trainer's attitude regarding permitting athletes to participate in activities that caused the original injury (i.e., to participate when injured). Does the trainer use pain killing drugs? Prepare a written report that reflects the above points as well as any other observations you may make.

6. Volunteer to donate blood at one of the American Red Cross bloodmobile stations. (If you are ineligible to donate blood for any reason, you may complete this project by observing a blood collection center for one hour.) Was this your first time to give blood? How did you feel about it? - before and after. What observations did you make of the friendliness, smoothness, and efficiency of the nurses? - of the volunteers? Were there many people there donating blood? What was the age range (approximate) of the donors you observed? What were their reactions? How worthwhile do you feel blood drives are? A written report of your experience is necessary only if you did not actually give blood.  Participating in pheresis counts as two projects.

7. Register for and successfully complete one of the following certification training program in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). You may do this by calling the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association to inquire when and where such courses are offered during the semester. Upon completion, present your certification to Dr. Black. Past certification programs will not count as a project, unless you retake the course. Credit will be given as follows:

8. Volunteer with the American Red Cross or American Heart Association in any of the several capacities they may have available. Credit will be given as follows:

9. Prepare a first aid kit, designed for your own use or for the use of your family. Include emergency numbers, an index of contents, a note as to its intended use, and $0.50 (for the telephone), note pad and pencil if appropriate. The container should be marked as a first aid kit, reasonably durable and waterproof, easy to get at the contents, and easily transportable (lunch boxes work very well and are quite inexpensive). Contents should be fresh and usable and appropriate for where it is kept and for it's intended use.


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