The Marshall School District received four “Stop the Bleed” kits and was offered training for staff on the usage.
These kits, valued at approximately $400 each, were secured by the Marshall Emergency Medical Services (EMS) through a grant offered by the South Central Wisconsin Healthcare Emergency Response Coalition (SCWIHERC) and the South Central Regional Trauma Advisory Council (SCRTAC).
Kits were made available to regional emergency medical services and school districts who were willing to place them in public locations and commit to five adults per building being trained in their usage.
Each kit consists of a bag labeled “Bleeding Control” that contains 10 individual bleed control kits which were placed by the automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in each of the district’s four schools.
The 10 individual kits each contain a tourniquet, protective gloves, and wound dressings for use in a life-threatening bleeding emergency.
The “Stop the Bleed” campaign (https://www.bleedingcontrol.org/), is a partnership between The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, The Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care, The Hartford Consensus, and The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. It seeks to empower the general public to make a difference in a life-threatening emergency by teaching the basic techniques of bleeding control.
While the impetus for the program was through findings from the Sandy Hook school shooting incident, the program is built around the understanding that there are many precipitating events such as car accidents, falls, and accidents in wood/metal shop that can cause a life-threatening bleed and that quickly staunching the bleed is the key to saving lives.
Upon notification of the grant, Marshall EMS Director Scott Allain has been partnering with the Marshall School District to meet the grant’s requirements so that this equipment would be available to them. The bags were placed in the schools last month and the first training was held on Jan. 21 for 15 district staff. The training was provided by instructors from Marshall EMS.
Additional training will be held in August so that the remainder of staff can participate. “Marshall Public Schools is very appreciative of the grant, facilitated by Marshall EMS, that brought the Stop the Bleed kits to each of our school buildings and the training offerings for our staff,” Dr. Daniel Grady, superintendent said.
Marshall EMS has also provided training to the Marshall Fire Department and will be scheduling training for the general public.
The first community training will be March 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Marshall Community Library.