School Receive Stop The Bleed Kits
On Friday September 6, 2019. the Miller County School System was awarded with thirty six Stop The Bleed Kits. Around seventy teachers and school staff took the two-hour class at the end of last school year to get hands on training and knowledge about what to do in the event of a mass casualty incident where they could step in and use these kits to save a life. Miller County was awarded the kits from the GEORGIA TRAUMA COMMISSION GRANT for hosting the class. These kits will be spread throughout the school so they can be quickly accessible during incidents that includes tornadoes, school shooting, stabbings, or anything where major bleeding is occurring. The staff was very receptive during the class. The Stop the Bleed Programs Background: Motivated by the 2012 tragedy in Sandy Hook and multiple tragedies that have occurred in the ensuing years, what has become known as the Hartford Consensus was convened to bring together leaders from law enforcement, the federal government, and the medical community to improve survivability from manmade or natural mass casualty events. The resulting injuries from these events generally present with severe bleeding which, if left unattended, can result in death. The participants of the Hartford Consensus concluded that by providing first responders (law enforcement) and civilian bystanders the skills and basic tools to stop uncontrolled bleeding in an emergency situation, lives would be saved. The first responder program has received very good response and is widely being used across the country. The next step is to focus on needs of civilian bystanders. The needs of the program: Civilians need basic training in Bleeding Control principles so they are able to provide immediate, frontline aid until first responders are able to take over care of an injured person. Due to many situations, there may be a delay between the time of injury and the time a first responder is on the scene. Without civilian intervention in these circumstances, preventable deaths will occur. The Mission/Objective: The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma is leading the effort to save lives by teaching the civilian population to provide vital initial response to stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations. This will be accomplished by the development of a comprehensive and sustainable bleeding control education and information program targeted to civilians that will inform, educate and empower the 300+million citizens of the United States. With this class being taught to the Miller County Schools your kids are safer and able to receive much needed aid prior to first responder’s arrival. I know our kids are in good hands. Pictured are Instructor Bruce Higginbotham presenting Principal Cleve Roland with the Trauma Kits and a Certificate of Appreciation for hosting the STB Class.