The following language has been updated in Standard 220.127.116.11: First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training for Staff:
While the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on children is rare, early care and education programs should consider having an AED on the premises for potential use on both adults and children. Pediatric pads should be used for children younger than 8 years old.Trainings should be inclusive to children in care, staff and other adults present in early care and education programs.
The following language has been added to Standard 18.104.22.168: Medical Emergency Procedures:
Debriefing should occur after an incident or emergency. Staff should discuss procedures, how well they were followed, and any changes that may need to be made.
The following language has been added to the Standard 22.214.171.124: Supply of Food and Water for Disasters:
A minimum 3-day supply of nonperishable food and 1 gallon of water per person per day for 3 days should be kept in stock for each child and staff member.1,2 For programs with 100 children, this would mean 300 gallons of water and approximately 1,000 meals. Programs should consider appropriate and accessible storage for a large quantity of supplies.
For early care and education programs in areas at risk for hurricanes and other severe disasters, an additional 2-day supply (i.e., supply for 5 days total) of nonperishable food and water may be needed. A written log detailing the expiration dates, as well as the amount and type of food, should be kept by early care and education staff and reviewed on a quarterly basis. Caregivers/teachers should review log/expiration dates on a quarterly basis; food and water supplies should be consumed and/or replaced from the emergency supplies to ensure usage before expiration.
Early care and education programs should accommodate children with special health care needs who require specialized diets. Appropriate, nonperishable food items should be kept and made available for these children in the event of a disaster.3 Additional information on Disaster Response and Recovery and Water Safety is available at https://nrckids.org/CFOC/Database/126.96.36.199
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