Commonwealth Health Wilkes-Barre General Hospital’s trauma prevention & outreach coordinator Gail Malloy (top, right) speaks to Lackawanna Trail teachers about the importance of Stop the Bleed. Commonwealth’s director of emergency services, Ted Kross oversees Lackawanna Trail teacher Ann Jones (above) in a training session.
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More than 60 Lackawanna Trail teachers participated and were trained in a Stop the Bleed Initiative last Friday during a teacher in-session day. The initiative is a collaborative effort amongst the Wyoming County Community Health Foundation (WCCHF), Commonwealth Health Tyler Memorial Hospital and Commonwealth Health Wilkes-Barre General Hospital Trauma Services. Together these organizations are continuing to train and certify organizations, schools and students in Wyoming County and other parts of the northern tier.
An informational presentation with hands-on training and certifications was provided to all. Research has shown that bystanders, with little or no medical training, can become heroic lifesavers. Uncontrolled bleeding injuries can result from natural and manmade disasters and from everyday accidents. Providing bystanders with basic tools and information on the simple steps they can take in an emergency situation to stop life threatening bleeding can save lives.
Funding for this initiative at Lackawanna Trail was provided by the WCCHF from a modest grant through Peoples Security Charitable Foundation. WCCHF’s Executive Director, Shealynn Shave, noted “Providing teachers at the Lackawanna Trail as well as the entire 9th grade student body with the basic tools and information on the simple steps they can take in an emergency situation to stop life threatening bleeding can save lives. We are thankful to partner with funders such as People’s Charitable Foundation so we can not only complete the training today but will also be able to train the entire 9th grade class and equip each classroom of the school with emergency medical packs. We are very fortunate to continually partner with Commonwealth Health Tyler Memorial Hospital and Commonwealth Health Wilkes-Barre General Hospital Trauma Services on this important initiative to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and community.”
For additional information on the Stop the Bleed Initiative, please contact Shealynn Shave at the WCCHF at 570-996-1645.
Lackawanna Trail teacher Chrissy Wiswell (above) continually ‘packs the wound’ to help stop a bleed in the training portion of the session.