Student to Medic Ratio in America's High Schools
I have been working on my senior capstone for my sports medicine class, and in doing so Ive been researching the ratio between teachers with medical training at the total number of students in my high school. I adapted this question from a study I found regarding the average number of students per school nurse in high schools. The more I read the more astonished I am. Some schools and even districts have not hundreds buth thousands of students per medical profesional in their school. Furthermore, many of these schools are schools with special needs and differently abled students who need more help than the others. With childhood diseases like diabetes, asthma, and autism on the rise, it begs the question: Do we have a heathcare crisis in American schools as well?
The simple answer appears to be yes. The number of health care professionals in the American school system is pathetic. The more I research, the more I find school profesionals who once had training are no longer certified. This led me to a follow-up question and an addition to my capstone. I will be surveying the teachers in my school to find out, if a basic first aid and CPR class was offered to them, would they take advantage of it. Not only could this lead to the implementation of a new program at my school, but it will give us basic data to see if the discrepency is caused by a lack of available training or teachers simply not wanting to do it. Only with basic data and information can we even begin to solve our problems, be them small (like this) or big (such as the healthcare bill).