On Wednesday April 11th 2018, twelve staff members from District 115 and 67 participated in medical training as part of the National “Stop the Bleed” campaign. The “Stop the Bleed” campaign was started in 2015 by the Obama administration along with the Department of Homeland Security as a national outreach and advocacy program which focuses on educating teachers, school staff and the general public on how to stop severe bleeding at incidents involving persons suffering from severe bleeding.
The program focuses on two areas.
• Training at a basic level for teachers, administrators and the general public on how to stop bleeding in the event of a serious incident. (think the Las Vegas shooting, Boston Marathon Bombing, the Aurora Movie shooting or any recent school shooting)
• Getting “Bleeding Control Kits” into schools and public areas to start because then the kids, parents and teachers see them and they become more prevalent in the public eye. Similar to how AED’s are now prevalent in most common areas of buildings, schools, etc.
The one hour training course was sponsored by Lake Forest Northwestern Hospital, the Lake Forest Fire Department and the Lake Forest Police Foundation. This partnership was developed as a way to provide training and resources to District 115 and 67 school staff because studies have shown that until trained professionals can arrive at the site of an emergency, it's ordinary citizens who are often in a position to help save lives by providing basic treatment to 'stop the bleed'.
"One of the leading causes of death during a mass casualty, or any type of severe trauma, is bleeding out," Dr. Christopher Davis, a local trauma surgeon, explained to the class. "The goal of this program is to encourage citizens to take that initial action, to do something to stop the bleeding until EMS arrives on scene." The program has spread to all 50 states, with more than 125,000 teachers, counselors and school administrators learning these new skills.
Lake Forest Northwestern Hospital provided all participants in the class with their own individual trauma kits, the Lake Forest Police Foundation provided Lake Forest High School with individual trauma kits to be placed in strategic locations around the school as well as one mass casualty kit for placement in the main office for quick access and staff from Lake Forest Northwestern Hospital and the Lake Forest Fire Department provided the educational training.
Lake Forest Fire Department Battalion Chief Matt Penar told the group “The hope is for the concept to spread throughout all Lake Forest schools and eventually to other communities in Lake County as a way to educate more school staff, teachers and the general public on how to help someone in the event they are involved in an incident where someone is suffering from a traumatic bleeding incident.”