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Our View: Stop the Bleed a strong resource for accidents, shootings

May 18, 2019

Guarantees of safety and security are always elusive and it seems especially so for schools these days. School shootings continue and so must the work to keep students and staff safe.

As recently as this week, some Arizona legislators tried to make some last-minute noise with their colleagues to push lawmakers to do more. We don’t know the term for it, but human nature almost demands more when the youngest and most vulnerable are at risk.

Schools have some new plans and they’ve tried them out in mock lockdown drills. Is it enough? Maybe. Or not, depending on the circumstance.

One school safety program was a reaction to the spate of school shootings and aims to help those who’ve been attacked. It’s the “Stop the Bleed” training that was begun for school employees and the general community earlier this year.

The training focuses on how to stop bleeding until emergency responders arise. Tourniquets are a big part of it, as is writing information on the victim’s forehead to note what was done and when.

The training is backed up with trauma kits containing what’s needed to stop the bleeding.

Earlier this week, local School Superintendent Diana Asseier accepted a donation check from the Lake Havasu City Rotary Club for the program. She mentioned that she hoped the kits would never be needed for that would mean a shooting.

We agree with her thoughts but suggest the kits and the training can probably be more useful than just a dreaded shooting attack.

Schools are filled with kids and kids are prone to all sorts of injuries, including ones that bleed.

Trauma kits aren’t needed for paper cuts and the like, of course, but their availability could come in handy for more serious injuries. The training, likewise, could help save a limb or a life.

The superintendent said all 9th graders will also be trained in the program.

Stop the Bleed training is offered once a month at the Havasu Regional Medical Center learning center with the next two-hour class scheduled for May 28.

We join Asseier in hoping the kits and training are never needed for any purpose. Meanwhile, it’s good to know that many people are getting trained just in case.

— Today’s News-Herald

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