Many schools in the UK have policies banning jewellery but new research shows that critical medical information which is kept on medical alert bracelets and pendants is being caught up in the red tape.
The research by www.Icegems.co.uk which has been used to raise the profile of ICE in Schools Week (1-7 October) found that 65 per cent of schools didn’t have a clear policy on how to communicate ICE information for its pupils while 67 per cent of schools policy on jewellery would mean that medical alert bracelets and pendants would also be subject to a ban.
Furthermore, 80 per cent of parents surveyed said they worried most about P.E classes where most bracelets, even those types which are designed for sport are often banned.
In response, www.Icegems.co.uk wants schools to adopt this code of conduct for ICE information and medical alert bracelets.
- Any child with a major illness should be allowed to wear medical jewellery which has the Star of Life printed on it.
- All teachers should be trained on what The Star of Life means and how it denotes that bracelet or pendants hold key information for the emergency services and first aiders.
- It is especially important that lunchtime assistants are educated on the jewellery as they may be required to give adrenaline in the case of an allergy.
- Pendants are not recommended due to choking hazard. However, there are plenty of children, especially those on the Autistic/Aspergers spectrum that cannot tolerate wearing a bracelet and schools should be mindful of this.
Nadine Lewis, Managing Director of www.icegems.co.uk said: “We are using this awareness week to point out that schools are putting lives at risk by not having a universal policy on how to handle ICE information. We want schools to implement this four point plan to help safeguard our children’s safety so that in the case of an emergency they are looked after as best as possible.”
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