COVINGTON TOWNSHIP, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Geisinger Community Medical Center made a potentially life-saving donation on Thursday. The North Pocono School District now has five ‘Stop The Bleed’ kits, which can be vital during emergencies.
Geisinger started this program after twenty children and six adults were killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Thursday also marks one year since seventeen were murdered in the Parkland, Florida school shooting.
Whether it’s a school shooting or a broken bone, the North Pocono School District is now better prepared.
“We have supplies in the medical room, but this gives us easy access to get to them in case of emergencies as soon as possible,” explains Superintendent Bryan McGraw, North Pocono School District.
Faculty and staff already went through Geisinger’s training program, so they know how to use the ‘Stop The Bleed’ kits.
“We taught them how to recognize life-threatening bleeding, we taught them how to use the different tools that are in the kits, how to apply tourniquets, how to do director pressure and wound packing,” says Kathryn Bommer, Trauma Educator, Geisinger Community Medical Center.
North Pocono’s school resource officer took part in that training.
“In the society we live in and the climate with school shootings and violence that occurs in the street, it’s an excellent course for anybody to have,” says Officer Chriss Grube.
The kits have hooks to hang on the wall. Each kit contains eight smaller, individual kits that can be easily picked up and transfered during emergencies.
School leaders plan to hang the kits in high traffic areas, most likely near the Automated External Defibrillators.
Bommer adds, “wherever you have a large congregation of people, you have that potential for bad things to happen.”
Since 2017, Geisinger has trained more than 10,000 people. They’re also providing more than 2,300 bleeding control kits throughout our region. The kits are being donated to police departments, fire companies, churches, boy scout troops, and other public places.