Distributing ‘Stop the Bleed’ kits at Mountain View Elementary last week were, left to right, Sgt. Eric Irish, Firefighter/EMT Kerry Howell, Firefighter/EMT Jeff Statham, School Superintendent Shanna Wilkes, School Nurse Director Tracy Wells, Deputy EMA Director  Ken Ellington and Deputy Director Scott Stephens.

‘Stop the Bleed’ effort implemented here by Gilmer County Public Safety Department

Last week, lifesaving bleeding-control kits were delivered to the Gilmer County Charter Schools system after 12 staff members were trained on how to “Stop the Bleed.”

Earlier this year, the Georgia Trauma Commission, along with the Georgia Trauma Foundation, the Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons and the Georgia Committee on Trauma, collaboratively launched the nationwide “Stop the Bleed” campaign that puts
knowledge gained by first responders and our military into the hands of the public to help save lives by stopping uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations.

The first phase of the campaign includes the school response program, which is specifically designed to train and equip school staff on how to control bleeding with the tools provided.

Bleeding control kits contain a tourniquet, wound-packing materials and gloves to prevent further exposure.

Research has shown that bystanders, with little or no medical training, can become heroic lifesavers. Similar to the use of CPR or automatic defibrillators (AEDs), improving public awareness about how to stop severe bleeding can be the difference between life and death for an injured person.

While the campaign has been funded by the Georgia General Assembly to train and equip all Georgia public schools with bleeding-control kits, our effort doesn’t stop there.

Our goal is to build resilience by educating and empowering all citizens to be aware of the simple steps that can be taken to stop or slow life-threatening bleeding.

For details on these efforts and to find out how you can get involved in the “Stop the Bleed” campaign, visit stopthebleedgeorgia.org.


School nurses trained during ‘Stop the Bleed’ campaign

Six Gilmer County Charter School nurses were trained by members of the Gilmer County Public Safety Department in the “Stop the Bleed” effort. 

Deputy Director Scott Stephens said those six nurses then trained 108 staff members in the school system. The nurses are Jade Davis, Kelly Smith, Mary Fuller Stanley, Teresa Weeks, Tracy Wells and Cayla West.

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