Floyd EMS helps school nurses Stop the Bleed

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - From press re­lease Floyd EMS trains nurses in Polk County schools how to save lives us­ing the Stop the Bleed pro­gram.

Floyd EMS has re­cently trained nurses in Polk County schools how to save lives us­ing guide­lines from the Stop the Bleed pro­gram. Nurses in Floyd County and Rome City schools were trained dur­ing a school nurse con­fer­ence held in Sa­van­nah this past sum­mer.

Un­con­trolled bleed­ing due to trau­matic in­jury is the most com­mon cause of death out­side of a hos­pi­tal, ac­cord­ing to The Hart­ford Con­sen­sus, which is a group of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from medicine, the mil­i­tary and law en­force­ment. The Stop the Bleed pro­gram pro­vides train­ing on how to ap­ply tourni­quets and pres­sure to wounds to stop blood loss.

Re­spon­ders are trained us­ing a trauma kit that in­cludes a tourni­quet, gloves, gauze, ban­dages and other sup­plies that stop l i f e- t hreat­en­ing bleed­ing on an in­jured per­son.

“Stop the Bleed gives the im­me­di­ate re­spon­der the knowl­edge and the tools to stop the bleed­ing and save a life,” says Maj. Rick Cobb, Projects/Sup­port Co­or­di­na­tor with Floyd EMS.

A na­tional Stop the Bleed cam­paign was ini­ti­ated by the White House in late 2015. Ear­lier this year, the Geor­gia Trauma Foun­da­tion, Geor­gia Trauma Com­mis­sion, the Geor­gia So­ci­ety of the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Sur­geon and the Geor­gia Com­mit­tee on Trauma launched the pro­gram statewide. The state ap­proved fund­ing to pro­vide 12 bleed­ing con­trol kits for ev­ery pub­lic school in the state.

Floyd Cor­po­rate Health pro­vides nurses for the Rome, Floyd County and Polk County school sys­tems.

In ad­di­tion to schools, Floyd EMS will train mem­bers of any or­ga­ni­za­tion, church or busi­ness that would like to re­ceive train­ing. “We want to get to wher­ever the peo­ple are, so that lives can be saved,” stated Cobb.

Any­one in­ter­ested in re­ceiv­ing Stop the Bleed train­ing should con­tact Cobb at 706-509-3820.

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