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Case 299 - Can teachers remove a child's splinter?

Issue

Enquirer asked if teachers can remove a child's splinter?

Panel decision

Given that most schools will have competent, qualified first aiders, there is no reason at all why they should not remove splinters, if they are partly exposed and easily removed with tweezers.  If splinters are deeply embedded then parents should be consulted and  professional medical help sought.

2014-07-23