Prepared by Albert
David and David Farcy, MD - Director of Emergency
Department Critical Care, Mount Sinai Medical Center,
Miami, Florida, and several other professionals,
including physicians, psychologists, first-aid
instructors, teachers, school counselors, and others
representing the medical, education, and public safety
not specific to reactive attachment disorder, this is an
impressive guide for parents and teachers, as well as
children themselves, covering a variety of possible
threats to children within the school or home.
useful guide includes a table of contents and an index,
making it very easy to navigate, even in an emergency.
than giving a simple synopsis of the book, which could
be as easily obtained by reading the introduction or the
back cover, either of which do indeed give the reader a
very accurate representation of what to expect from the
guide, I will go through it chapter by chapter,
highlighting some of the issues that are addressed
guide consists of three chapters, each of which is
divided into sections and subsections, or pages, easily
located through either the table of contents or general
I: Golden Rules of Prevention
first chapter is broken up into two parts - Main Risk
Factors and General Principles for Everyone?s Safety,
and each of these sections includes subsections, in
alphabetical order, stating specific problems that
children may face, either in school or elsewhere.
example, the two sections of Chapter I and the first
five parts of its subsections are as follows.
Principles For Everyone?s Safety
and Facilities for Disabled People
Risks - Explosion
each subsection, or subject page, the authors define the
problem and associated dangers and risk factors, suggest
preventative measures, and what you should tell
subsections under the Main Risk Factors section of
Chapter I include Discrimination, Drug Abuse, Eating
Disorders, Extortion, Internet Threats, Nicotine
Addiction and Smoking, Physical Assault - Verbal Abuse,
Robbery - Vandalism, Running Away - Truancy, School
Field Trips, Self-Medication, Sexual Abuse, Sexually
Transmitted Diseases, Stalking - Sexual Harassment,
Suicidal Behavior, Talking to Strangers, and
Transmissible Animal Diseases - Mosquitoes.
II: How to Respond in an Emergency Situation
are three chief sections of Chapter II - Alert
Procedures, First Aid Basics, and First Response Rules -
as well as a subsection called ... well, just that - As
Well As. In the interest of space, I?ll give only the
first two subsections under each section of Chapter II.
to Call for Help?
Yourself Against Allergens
III: Life-Threatening Situations and Natural Disasters
Disaster - Stampede
to Handle a Fire Extinguisher
Child and Road Traffic
Above, I have included only a sampling of what can be
found in this 100-page handbook. Other issues covered
include fire risks, hazardous chemical agents, and medical
emergencies such as epileptic seizure, food poisoning,
fractures, head injuries, heart attack, strangulation, and
toxic poisoning, as well as major risks like radioactive
contamination, terrorism, and volcanic eruption.
parents or teachers, many of us are adept at handling
those emergencies that have been a part of our own life
experience, but children today are too often exposed to
things that were not part of our lives at their age, and
which we have never had to deal with.
the dangers that our children face, while in school or
at home, are more intimidating than ever before. Every
week, we hear of crimes perpetrated by students, and on
students and teachers. School shouldn?t be a place where
our children go to die.
only will this valuable guide help us to determine an
appropriate course of action during an emergency, but it
will help us teach our children to react in situations
that are ripe with fear and insecurity.