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Book Review: ISBN 0-9794652-0-6 Keeping Our Children Safe and Healthy From Pre-K Through High School

0-9794652-0-6Prepared 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 professions.

While 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.

This useful guide includes a table of contents and an index, making it very easy to navigate, even in an emergency.

Rather 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 within each.

The 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 index.

Chapter I: Golden Rules of Prevention

The 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.

For example, the two sections of Chapter I and the first five parts of its subsections are as follows.

Main Risk Factors

  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Armed Intruder(s)
  • Bullying - Hazing
  • Contagious Diseases
  • Dangerous Games

General Principles For Everyone?s Safety

  • Accessibility and Facilities for Disabled People
  • Electrical Hazards
  • Equipment and Machinery
  • Emergency Preparedness Plan
  • Fire Risks - Explosion

Within each subsection, or subject page, the authors define the problem and associated dangers and risk factors, suggest preventative measures, and what you should tell children.

Other 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.

Chapter II: How to Respond in an Emergency Situation

There 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.

Alert Procedures

  • How to Call for Help?
  • How to React?

First Aid Basics

  • Initial Victim Assessment
    • Check the ABCs
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
    • Mouth-to-Mouth / Mouth-to-Nose
    • Chest Compressions

First Response Rules

  • Alcohol Intoxication
  • Asphyxia

As Well As

  • First Aid Kit
  • Protect Yourself Against Allergens

Chapter III: Life-Threatening Situations and Natural Disasters

Major Risks

  • Avalanche
  • Blood Exposure Accidents
  • Bomb Threat
  • Crowd Disaster - Stampede
  • Dam Break

As Well As

  • How to Handle a Fire Extinguisher
  • The Child and Road Traffic
  • Hurricanes
  • Family Disaster Plan


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.

As 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.

Today, 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.

Not 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.


Last Modified on: Saturday, August 08, 2009


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