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by jess11RN jess11RN (Member)

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I am officially calling for the ban of student hot glue gun usage!!

It won't happen, but at least I can protest here 😉

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MrNurse(x2) has 28 years experience as a ADN and specializes in IMC, school nursing.

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Our specials day has included maker space, a craft area with power tools and crafts such as breaking CDs to make mosaics. Can you say splinter madness? Hot glue guns are welcome in my school.😂

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ruby_jane has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU/community health/school nursing.

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Hot glue guns are the dodgeball of the arts and crafts world.

 

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kidzcare has 5 years experience.

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OUCH! Hot glue is so awful!

I'm torn on wanting to ban things that cause injury (dodgeball, tetherball, glue guns, etc). While I don't want kids to get hurt, I want them to learn to safely navigate the world and they need to be exposed to "unsafe" things to learn how to work safely with those things. 

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And what can you do for a hot glue burn anyway? Run it under cool water, band-aid it. Really, the teacher that allows them to use those things should be taught to provide the first aid. It is usually just a small burn on the finger pad. 

Or, let's be proactive - show the kids how to use it without getting burned and what to do for themselves if it happens. No, everything is reactive in the school setting. 

Half the time, I feel like I am the sweeper - you know, cleaning up after other people's bad decisions. 

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Feeling grateful that I've never encountered a hot glue gun injury 😀

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kidzcare has 5 years experience.

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1 minute ago, ConnecticutMassRN said:

Feeling grateful that I've never encountered a hot glue gun injury 😀

The problem with hot glue gun injuries in school is that, from a medical standpoint, they are not too bad. Run under hot water, cover if needed- usually there is not broken skin. BUT... they hurt! A LOT. And kids think that means a big treatment where the magic nurse can take away the pain. Unfortunately, burns get worse before they get better and kids freak out. 

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OldDude specializes in Pediatrics.

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Kids can't use em here but the teachers make up for it.

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We have 4 hot glue guns in the makers space, not the little low temp kind, the melt your skin off hot kind. 2-5 are allowed to use the glue guns with supervision. Somehow, every year, it's only the 4th grade that cannot manage to come out unscathed. I usually see 5-10 glue gun burns a day during peek science project week.

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JenTheSchoolRN specializes in School nursing.

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Hot glue guns are the reason I stock topical cooling gel. Doesn't do much but help soothe the initial burn, but that is enough. Easy on, easy out the door as well. 

A Hot glue gun also were the cause of the one of worst burns I saw in school. HS student was dared by a couple of other students to put his palm into a pile of fresh very hot glue. 2nd degree burn the size of a quarter in the middle of his palm. Called Mom and she was livid...at him, for doing something so stupid. 

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I usually buy aloe at the end of summer and give for any burn. Have found sometimes people just want something on it. 

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