SPRINGFIELD – All schools in Illinois, including school districts in the Tri-Cities, have received STOP the Bleed kits from the Illinois Terrorism Task Force ahead of this school year, according to a press release from the state.
The press release stated that following the recommendations of the School Safety Working Group, more than 7,000 kits have been distributed statewide. Batavia School District 101 received 8 kits, one for each school in the district.
According to the release, STOP the Bleed is a national campaign intended to train, equip and empower bystanders to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. A STOP the Bleed kit contains a C-A-T tourniquet, QuikClot Bleeding Control Dressing, Emergency Trauma Dressing, MicroShield Mask, Nitrile gloves, Trauma shears, Permanent marker and Instruction card.
“Our top priority will always be preventing violence from occurring, but we must also be prepared for worst case scenarios.,” stated Acting IEMA Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau in the release. “STOP the Bleed kits and the training that comes along with them can save lives and I applaud the Illinois Terrorism Task Force for implementing this program statewide.”
The Regional Offices of Education distributed one STOP the Bleed kit to each school in Illinois earlier this summer. Each school district is being asked to train a minimum of five teachers/staff in each building where children attend school. Upon completion of this training, the Illinois Terrorism Task Force, via the Regional Offices of Education, will distribute an additional five kits to the school, according to the news release.
“STOP the Bleed kits provide the tools to help the public save lives, but the knowledge and confidence to save a life comes with proper training,” stated Mary Connelly RN, Director of the Illinois Medical Emergency Response Team (IMERT) in the release. “With more certified trainers, the mission of helping and protecting our communities can grow.”
IMERT, in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Women’s Health, has pledged to train one thousand school nurses by February 2020. The 90-minute STOP the Bleed training was developed by the American College of Surgeons specifically for the public and is offered by trained healthcare and public safety volunteers at no associated cost to the school.
To find a training course visit www.Ready.Illinois.gov.