Interview with the club’s tutor Mr. Hattendorf
To get to know the club's responsibilities and duties, we decided to take a talk with the head of the club, Olaf Hattendorf ...
1. When and how has the sanitary club been founded?
- By an initiative of the school administration in 2005.
2. Which qualifications are required to join the club?
- Students as of the 7th grade can join. First-aid knowledges should exist, but all continuative exercises will be acquired for free in the club by visiting further trainings.
3. How many members are in the club and how old are they?
- There are about 12 students. Our average sanitary is 14 years old.
4. How does the sanitary club handle the provision of medical care?
- At first, there is a kind of primary care, the wounds of the injured person are for example treated. Then, the sanitary team decides, whether the person is able to rejoin class or whether the rescue service or the ambulance has to be called out.
5. Which has been the worst case you ever had to face?
- Sorry, girls. I am bound to maintain discretion.
6. Tell us something about the new defibrillator our school got this year.
- The coasts of 1000 to 2000 € were financed by several sponsors and associated partners. Everyone is able to use it, because the person operating it, is told what to do by a kind of instruction tape.
7. Are there meetings within the club and is there a real sense of community among the members?
- Yes, we meet regularly and discuss the latest cases/ accidents the sanitaries were confronted with. Besides, we invent special situations (e.g. the stable side position ) that are acted through by the members and consulted afterwards.
8. With which partners does the club cooperate?
- There are cooperations with the DRK, the Samariter and the Johanniter.
9. Is there a kind of exchange of experiences among the sanitary clubs of different schools in Hameln?
- Yes, each year the heads of the clubs are meeting to discuss and to share their latest experiences.
10. How are the efforts organised?
- We have a duty roster. If someone got hurt, there resounds a special signal through the loudspeakers of the school building. The sanitaries in charge (mostly 2 or 3) are leaving their classes to look after the injured.
But there are also students who were forced to end their membership, because their teachers mentioned, that they were missing too much of their subject material.
On the other hand, the membership in the sanitary club has definitely some positive features: The student gets a note in his certificates and Abitur certificate as well as experiences for his career development.