Bleed­ing con­trol kits in­stalled at schools

Record Observer - - School -

CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Health Depart­ment is pleased to an­nounce the pur­chase of “pub­lic ac­cess bleed­ing con­trol kits” for lo­cal pub­lic schools.

The ac­tion taken is a proac­tive ap­proach to emer­gency pre­pared­ness; should an in­ci­dent ever oc­cur in­volv­ing mul­ti­ple ca­su­al­ties in our pub­lic schools, hav­ing these kits on hand will be crit­i­cal in min­i­miz­ing po­ten­tial im­pact, ac­cord­ing to Dr. Joseph A. Ciotola Jr., Health Of­fi­cer for Queen Anne’s County and med­i­cal direc­tor for the Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices.

“He­m­or­rhag­ing prior to hos­pi­tal­iza­tion is a ma­jor cause of death, which may be pre­ventable should the proper equip­ment and skilled per­son­nel be avail­able,” Ciotola said. Hav­ing the bleed­ing con­trol kits on hand dur­ing a crit­i­cal event could make a life or death dif­fer­ence.

In part­ner­ship DES, the health depart­ment has pur­chased bleed­ing con­trols kits for all pub­lic school sys­tems. Emer­gency Ser­vices paramedics have been pro­vid­ing train­ing to school per­son­nel about the proper use of these kits.

The abil­ity to ob­tain rapid hem­or­rhage con­trol is clearly in­valu­able dur­ing a crit­i­cal event. DES and the Health Depart­ment plan to fur­ther their team­work ef­forts by the pur­chase of ad­di­tional bleed­ing con­trol kits for in­stal­la­tion in all county-owned build­ings.

Sgt. Greg Har­ri­son, lead medic for the county’s team of tac­ti­cal paramedics, in­stalls a bleed­ing con­trol kit at Grasonville Ele­men­tary School.

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