Failure to Provide First Aid Could Be Daycare Negligence in Kentucky

daycare first aid requirementsKids get hurt. Sometimes these injuries are just accidents and they are not caused by the negligence or abuse of the adults in charge. However, even when a child is accidentally hurt, daycare staff has a duty to exercise reasonable care and to provide appropriate first aid in order to manage the child’s pain and to prevent the injuries from worsening.

Kentucky Daycare First Aid Regulations

Providing a band aid, cleaning a cut, or putting a cold pack on a bruise is part of providing reasonable care for children and it is part of the legal duty that the daycare center owes to the children in its care. In addition to this general duty of care, Kentucky regulations provide certain requirements that daycare centers must follow.

First Aid Certification of Kentucky Daycare Staff

There must be at least one daycare staff member who is certified in first aid present at all times when kids are present. If infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are present, the daycare staff member must be certified in infant and child first aid. If school children are present, the daycare staff member must be certified in adult first aid. The staff member must have completed a course from an approved source such as the American Red Cross or Medic First Aid.

Required First Aid Supplies for Kentucky Daycare Centers

In order to deliver the necessary first aid, the daycare center must have the supplies necessary to provide “prompt and proper first aid treatment.” These materials should include:

  • Liquid soap
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Sterile gauze
  • Medical tape
  • Scissors
  • Thermometer
  • Flashlight
  • Cold pack
  • First aid book
  • Disposable gloves
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation mouthpiece protector

The materials should be kept out of the reach of children, but not in a locked container.

What If Your Child Didn’t Get the First Aid He Needed at a Kentucky Daycare?

After you get your child the medical care he needs, it is important to make sure that your child’s legal rights are protected. The failure to provide first aid to an injured child may be a form of daycare negligence.

Our staff nurse and experienced daycare injury lawyers can investigate what happened and advise you of your child’s rights. You may have be able to pursue a daycare negligence case on your child’s behalf to recover for any medical bills, out of pocket costs, physical pain, emotional suffering, and other damages that resulted from the daycare’s failure to provide prompt and proper first aid treatment.

To learn more, please contact us via this website today or call us any time—24/7/365—to schedule your free, confidential, no-obligation consultation.

Mark K. Gray
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Louisville attorney serving the seriously injured in Kentucky
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