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Local Health Department Helps Deliver "Stop the Bleed" Kits to Flagler Schools

By Gretchen Smith

April 30, 2018

Bunnell, Fla. -- The Florida Department of Health in Flagler County, as part of the Northeast Florida Healthcare Coalition (NEFLHCC), helped deliver 76 Stop the Bleed kits to Flagler County Schools. With its goal to promote and enhance emergency preparedness and response capabilities regionally, NEFLHCC is working with healthcare providers, emergency management, EMS and other partners to ensure Northeast Florida is trained, equipped and able to respond and recover from disasters. Events across the country, specifically the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida, have underscored the importance of making sure communities are even more prepared.

To that end, the NEFLHCC has funded a Stop the Bleed campaign with public schools in the region. According to the National Trauma Institute, traumatic injuries with major blood losses are responsible for more than 35 percent of prehospital deaths, and are also responsible for more than 40 percent of deaths that occur within the first 24 hours of hospital admission. In response to these grim statistics, the American College of Surgeons created the national Stop the Bleed awareness campaign, a program designed to give bystanders tools and training to help save lives in the first critical moments after a trauma.

On Wednesday, April 25, two representatives from the NEFLHCC, Leigh Wilsey and Tyler Nolen, met with the Health Department’s Emergency Planner Ed Baltzley and RN Stephanie Ear to deliver the kits to Flagler County School Administration. Flagler is the first district in the region to receive these kits, which contain a tourniquet, gauze, gloves, and shears. Principals, school nurses and other key school personnel will receive training to learn compression techniques and ways to prevent major blood loss from trauma.

“We are grateful to be part of this Coalition and effort that will make local schools better equipped in responding to trauma,” said Bob Snyder, Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Flagler County. “We take the health and safety of Flagler County residents very seriously and cannot underestimate the value of partnerships and programs like this.”

Dr. Earl Johnson, Executive Director of Leadership Development with Flagler Schools adds, "In an emergency situation, we understand every second counts when it comes to giving first aid. These kits can save lives and we thank the NEFLHCC and the Department of Health for providing the kits and helping with the training of our staff."

The Northeast Florida Healthcare Coalition, along with the North Central Florida Healthcare Coalition and CHAMP Healthcare Coalition, plan to distribute 3,000 Stop the Bleed kits to schools in the coming weeks.

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