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Tunkhannock Seventh Graders First In State To Train In “Stop The Bleed” Program

February 8, 2019
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Tunkhannock Seventh Graders First In State To Train In "Stop The Bleed" Program

TUNKHANNOCK — State and county officials recognized Tunkhannock Area seventh graders in the STEM Academy this week for being the first full grade level in the state to receive training in how to help in medical emergencies. All 175 students in the seventh grade class underwent Heartsaver CPR AED and Stop the Bleed training through Commonwealth Health as part of its community outreach program. The students also received training in administering naloxone, a drug that reverses an opioid overdose. The initiative began in the spring of 2018, when STEM Academy Principal Kelly Carroll saw a news report about Stop the Bleed training and wanted to get Tunkhannock students involved. It took months of coordination and about three months of implementation to certify the students, Carroll said. It gives her peace of mind to know her students are prepared in the event of an emergency. “It’s a lifesaving technique that I think every student across the commonwealth should understand,” she said. Gail Malloy, trauma injury prevention and outreach coordinator for Commonwealth Health, provided the training with Ted Kross, Commonwealth Health’s director of emergency services. The Stop the Bleed training consisted of a lecture followed by a hands-on course where students, faculty and staff learned how to pack a wound, recognizing bleeding, apply a tourniquet and more. Tunkhannock Area faculty and staff also received Stop the Bleed training. “We feel it’s very important that, not only with the crime and unfortunate shootings across the country, being in a rural environment, it’s good for them to know how to stop bleeding, for example, from a farm accident, motor vehicle accident, any kind of accident,” Kross said. They also learned the importance of CPR, which is another skill that can be used in any setting. For the separate CPR training, he and Malloy collaborated with Commonwealth Health EMS. Kross said in the future, they hope to train other grade levels at Tunkhannock, as well as students in other area schools. Wyoming County Commissioner Tom Henry commended the students. “I don’t think I’ve ever felt safer in a building,” Henry said. “You’ve really done an awesome job. We’re very grateful for that.” Cheryl MacDonald-Sweet, director of Commonwealth Health’s trauma service line, mentioned that Gov. Tom Wolf is working on a proclamation congratulating the STEM Academy students. Jason Burkhart, a representative of the American Trauma Society of Pennsylvania, presented the school district with a Stop the Bleed kit, and Shealynn Shaver, executive director of the Wyoming County Health Foundation, gave the district Stop the Bleed bags to go in 250 classrooms, as well as on school buses. Malloy passed out certificates to each student at the end of the program. Zoe Powers, a Tunkhannock seventh grader, was a little nervous at first to receive the CPR and Stop the Bleed training, but feels safer knowing her whole class is certified. “Everybody should have the technique to be able to save someone’s life if it’s ever needed,” Zoe said. Contact the writer: bwilliams@wcexaminer.com, 570-836-2123 x36

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