The Diocese of Palm Beach to Provide Medical Training to All 700 School Employees

In its continuing efforts to provide a safe learning environment for its students, the Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach is providing medical training, including First Responder, to all of its 700 school employees on Monday, August 11 and Tuesday, August 12. All instructional and non-instructional school employees will receive training in basic first aid, First Responder, CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation), AED (Automatic External Defibrillators), Bloodborne Pathogens and EpiPens. The training is part of the diocese’s back to school training to prepare employees for the upcoming 2014-2015 School Year.


This is the first time the Diocese of Palm Beach has offered such a large-scale training at one-time to its school employees. In previous years, medical training was held for staff at each school. Employees from the diocese’s 17 schools located within the five counties of the diocese will attend one of two trainings. The first training will take place on Monday, August 11 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton and the second training will take place on the Treasure Coast at St. Anastasia Catholic School in Ft. Pierce also from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The First Responder training is considered a step above general First Aid and includes CPR and emergency cardiovascular care (ECC).


“We are fortunate to partner with Life Safety Solutions and AJ Gallagher to provide the same type of training for all of our teachers and staff in Catholic schools within the Diocese of Palm Beach. Our interest is in providing a quality, Catholic education within the safest environment possible for our students,” said Gary Gelo, superintendent of schools, Diocese of Palm Beach.


The medical training will be provided by Life Safety Solutions, a local company, that provides health and safety training and related products throughout the State of Florida and nationwide. Several instructors will provide classroom training as well as hands-on experience using CPR mannequins, AEDs, EpiPens and more. The training curriculum provided is courses by the American Heart Association. Employees will also receive instruction from Arthur J. Gallagher and Company, a company specializing in Risk Management and Safety to businesses in the state, nationwide and internationally.


In a proactive move, the Diocese of Palm Beach decided to include EpiPen training for the first time as part of its medical training to all of its employees. Recently passed federal and state laws now make it legal for schools to keep an EpiPen in stock for emergency use. The diocese is in the process of review, possible approval, and setting in place procedures for the diocesan schools to have general emergency EpiPens in stock.


The Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach encompasses the five counties of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee. Comprised of 280,000 Catholics in 53 parishes and missions, the diocese also serves the faithful community through its schools.

Background on the Employee Training:

The following are brief curriculum descriptions and background on the medical training to be provided:

  • First Aid/CPR/AED:
    First Aid/CPR/AED for the Lay Rescuer includes cardiovascular resuscitation (CPR) and emergency cardiovascular care (ECC).  This program covers general principles, medical emergencies and injury emergencies.   It also teaches the basics in life support. Employees will learn how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies.  Use and administration of EpiPens will be included in this training.

*AEDs are currently located at all three of the diocese’s high schools and nine other diocesan schools. By state law, all high schools with athletic programs are required to have AEDs properly installed and trained staff.

  • Bloodborne Pathogens:
    This course will teach how Bloodborne Pathogens are spread, how to prevent exposures and what to do if exposed to infectious materials.
  • Note about EpiPens:
    With the new laws, schools are now able to have keep a stock of nonstudent specific Epipens which could be used for emergency use when a child has an allergic reaction. The Diocese of Palm Beach is in the process of review, possible approval of adopting, and setting in place procedures for the diocesan schools to have general emergency EpiPens in stock.

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