Bleeding control kits installed at schools
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.