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School Employees Receive Lifesaving Advice

Pictured from left: Sand Hill Elementary Nurse Callie Earliwine, Cameron High School Nurse Dawn Adkins and Cameron Elementary School Nurse Melissa O’Donnell practice applying a tourniquet during the “Stop the Bleed” training.

Friday morning the school nurses of Marshall County Schools received “Stop the Bleed” training from Cameron High School Nurse Dawn Adkins.

This training was created to help prevent deaths from blood loss that could be stopped by simple use of a tourniquet or by packing a wound with gauze. The “Stop the Bleed” campaign is a national awareness program to empower everyday citizens to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

Following the training, the school nurses are now certified trainers who will provide the same training for staff members at their schools.  This will increase the number of people who will have the knowledge to take simple actions during a trauma to save lives.

In addition to the school nurses being trained, the Marshall County Schools Transportation Department received the “Stop the Bleed” training from Jeff Gazdik, Wheeling Hospital EMS Coordinator.  The county’s school resource officers have already been trained and are certified trainers themselves.

According to David Soltesz, Director of School Safety for Marshall County Schools, this is great training for the county employees to receive. “It could help them protect our students as well as their own families and friends,” explained Soltesz. “Hopefully they’ll never have to use it. Our goal is to train all employees and put Stop the Bleed kits in every classroom, school bus, and other areas that would benefit from this protection.”

Soon, all Marshall County Schools employees will have been trained. Every classroom will be equipped with bleeding control kits to use in an emergency.

For more information about “Stop the Bleed” visit bleedingcontrol.org. “Stop the Bleed” is an initiative of the American College of Surgeons, Hartford Consensus, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense and the FBI.