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Should Schools Call an Ambulance When a Child Breaks a Bone?

An Ambulance for a Broken Arm?

Let’s say your child gets hurt at school, really hurt we’re talking writhing in pain hurt. As a parent you would, no doubt, want the best available help for them as soon as possible. Tom and Jen Deon of Saugus, Massachusetts, are just those type of parents.

The parents of fourth-grader Ally are reportedly furious because an ambulance was not called when she severely broke her arm at school. What happened?

While Ally was playing on the playground of Veterans Elementary School, she fell and broke her arm. The girl’s arm was apparently “bent at an unnatural angle” and she was screaming loudly. But the school said they were just following policy and “that injuries are judged on a case by case basis and response is based on the school nurse’s recommendation.” The nurse called Ally’s mom, who rushed to the school to pick her up and take her to the doctor. The girl’s break was so bad that she had to go to the Children’s Hospital of Boston for care.

The family is furious that Ally wasn’t immediately rushed to the hospital, especially since she was in such distress. One wonders where the lines are drawn for when a student should have an ambulance sent for their injuries. Do they need to be in a life-threatening situation? Shouldn’t being in intense pain count for getting immediate care?

What do you think? Do you stand by the nurse’s decision or would you have wanted your child to be rushed to the ER?

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