Over the last 3 or so years I have seen an increasing amount of band aids either stuck to the pool deck or floating in the pool.

Obviously this is more than just an aesthetic problem and requires bio hazard treatment.

Has anyone noticed the same?

Do you use signage or posted policy addressing the wearing of band aids while swimming?

Typically when a minor first aid scrape occurs we give out a band aid for later if the person is returning to the pool directly( I know that there are waterproof band aids but that isn't in our budget right now)

Would love to hear your opinions on this

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Comment by Mark Garneau on January 8, 2010 at 10:01am
I HATE Band Aids!!

The rule is if you have a band aid you are too sick to swim. It is tough to body search everyone who enters the pool area. If a staff member wants to give out a band aid then an accident report is written (most folks decline by that point). Our biggest problem is swim team -- and I'm sure that is entirely new subject.
Comment by Andrew Vaughan on December 11, 2009 at 7:29am
john , thank you for your response!
Comment by John Ercolano on December 11, 2009 at 4:44am
Hey Andrew,

I also felt I saw more band aids floating or stuck to the deck than were still stuck on kids. So a few years ago we began a no band aid policy. A minor wound is cleaned and pressure applied until bleeding stops, we will then apply spray bandage and back to the pool the child go. They can go receive a band aid on the way home if the parents wish. While this may seem cruel, or uncaring, we do not have nearly as many bandaids in the skimmers as before, and we now give out less than 100 band aids a season. I hope this info helps with your "sticky" situation.

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