Missed this thread....
I just came back from visiting my Summer camp as last there 25yrs ago and they added 100 acres, so needed to get the lay of the new facilities.
1. Camp setup: You will need to bring own linens, towels, clothes, swim shoes, toiletries etc. Storage space is at a premium, often just one large wood cubby with 2 shelves or wire shelf -- duffle type bag with wheels allows you to keep clothes, personal items stored in it under the bed --get small lock for it. I bring small runner rug to place next to bed to add color and protect feet getting OOB. Need own hand soap for personal bathroom area. Infirmary air conditioned or is personal fan needed?
After getting personal space setup, cleaning cabinets, setting up beds (just use bottom sheet on bed for those just needing to rest., stocking cabinets come next. I liked to have 1 cot as "trauma" location to get injured camper easily into (away from prying eyes) that had access on both sides.
2.First aid #1 issue I've experienced: cuts, boo-boos, scrapes, Gaga knuckles (ball hit by hand inside inside octogon pit --kids should bring golf gloves to avoid). Hydrogen peroxide + cotton ball cleaning, triple antibiotic + bandaid the cure. Surnburn --aloe gel, baking soda paste helpful. Bee stings-ice down, check for stinger -use tweezers to remove.
3. " Ice for Injury" -- daily ice chest run to dinning hall , small sandwich bag was my prior tx for scrapped knees bruises, swollen finger, etc. The mysterious missing ice when basketball/football players descend past infirmary and overheated. This year will try school nurse forum suggestion of freezing wet paper towels for cold compress (have large frige with freezer.and hid the ice chest inside office for serious injury.
3. Medical staff should review with you serious health issues: juvenile diabetics, asthmatics, seizures, food allergies Tell the staff you want to practice lung assessment --could you listen for wheezing once asthmatic child calmer.
You should be able to do screening pulse ox, + TPR -- great practice experience. Diabetics: who's responsible for glucometer testing, campers have insulin pumps-- who oversees them changing sites, continuous monitor use. etc. Any possibility for observation?
4. Inquire infirmary schedule and medication admin. Sleep away camps often have few campers needing allergy shots. Are you able to administer? Are meds given at infirmary or dinning room during meals. Are they blister packed or RX bottles --nurses give out or do campers take from med bottles --policies vary by camp/state. Need Meal time schedule! Set sick call time --otherwise inudated all day with complaints.
5. Fire evacuation and Emergency phone # list --review. How long for ambulance to arrive --- is 911 available or is it remote location needing to call air ambulance, time interval to local hospital. Is there a physician on site? Who takes a camper needing xray/cast?
One year our camp caretaker had a cardiac arrest while in the office falling halfway in/out of office owner doorway. Camp doctor and I did CPR-- took 20 min for ambulance to arrive in country area, another 20 min to the hospital, did not survive.. I should have known to call state police for air ambulance transport.
6. Documentation: EMR system or bound notebook to record campers complaints. Nurse intern used as scribe to record compliant: bug bit, rash, tummy ache, not feeling well, nurse added more detailed note.
7. Infection control will be key this year due to COVID. Are masks being required? Should have clean and dirty areas. Plastic grocery bags great for nausea/vomiting, tie up, toss into trash can. Who empty's trash, sweeps/mops floor, how often, Bathroom cleaning? How often are infirmary linens/towels washed - who does laundry. Our nursing staff did surface cleaning of table top surfaces and own room areas. Bring personal mask supplies in case camp runs out so you'll be protected especaily during camper arrival days. With Covid, PCR testing required within 72hrs for our staff and campers --negative only permitted. Staff are quarantining for 10 days prior to camp. Our Campers will be given Covid Antigen test day of arrival -- is there any need for you to assist with testing?
Camp safety: campers need to wear sneakers, water shoes at pool---no running on roadway/paths, no black bugs in the ice cubes,
8. Work hours + time off: Sleepaway camp 24/7 for up to 2 months. If you have overnight camper in infirmary, who is up overnight. Are you scheduled in infirmary only during med times and sick call or is someone required during day/eve hours? Our staff given 3 days off in 9 weeks -- can only stay in camp this year due ovid. Off times, are you able to use camp facilities, swim, ride horse, play sports, arts n crafts, use exercise equipment etc.
I'm lucky as camp is owned by my child's former pediatrician who's there 3 days a week, evenings when not on call @ hospital. So they would stitch up cut lip from fall, thigh filleted open from sliding on basketball court, remove wire from fish hook, debride wound from falling off go-cart into brush with retained twig in knee ( my child!),
Hope these hints help you this month, Remember to smile and relax. You can get through this Summer, get hooked and can't wait till next session on last day.