MERCEDES, Texas – A new Texas law is now in effect which requires all schools to have a Stop The Bleed Kit. Now, a local school district is preparing their students and staff in case there is ever an emergency.
No one ever knows when a traumatic accident will happen, especially during school hours. Stop The Bleed is a campaign aimed at educating people on ways to respond during an injury; both at school or at home.
Akeisha Zavala and Amariah Gonzales are 7th grade students at Harrell Middle School. They say it’s important to be prepared.
“You don’t know when you’re going to need it, like you never know if your friend or family member are going to need your help.”
The Stop The Bleed kit includes a tourniquet, gauze, gloves, scissors and instructions on how to use the equipment. The Mercedes ISD is making it their mission to get everyone prepared. Employees are trained to use the kits, but the superintendent says students also need to know how to respond.
Carolyn Mendiola, “There are more students than there are staff in any school. The staff may not always be around and the student may be the first to respond to an injury of one of their friends. The kids need to know how to respond until a staff member, a nurse, or EMT has arrived.”
Students will be learning how to pack fake wounds and apply pressure to stop the bleeding. Nurses at Harrell Middle School says being educated will save lives.
Naida Lackey, nurse, “It’s always best to prevent a death by being educated and learning how to stop the bleed instead of not knowing how and being able to avoid a death.”
Administrators say this training is essential to stop someone from bleeding to death and save their life. On an upcoming report Local 23 will be taking a look at what other school districts around the Valley are doing to prepare in case of a traumatic injury.