You have an older patient who is babysitting a 4-year-old named Kathy. While Kathy is playing in the backyard, she is stung by a bee. Would your patient know what to do?
Treating common medical emergencies is one aspect taught to participants enrolled in the Safe Sitter program, a course that prepares teenagers to be responsible, safe babysitters. A "safe sitter" would know to apply a cold clean wash cloth to Kathy's bee sting, and scrape, not pull, the stinger out with a fingernail. A "safe sitter" also would know to telephone a neighbor if Kathy had a rash or was pale, weak or vomiting; or to dial 911 if the child had trouble breathing or had collapsed.