Good Samaritan Trauma Awarded Grant to Educate Schools on Stop the Bleed

Good Samaritan Trauma was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $1,977 to purchase Stop the Bleed kits for area schools. The grant was provided by the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, whose mission is to discover and share the best ways to prevent and treat severe injuries in children. The kits that will be purchased with the grant dollars will be used in area schools who complete Stop the Bleed training for their staff, faculty and students.

In April of 2018, the Indiana House Bill 1063 was passed stating that each school needed to develop a Stop the Bleed Program, have trained personnel in the school, and have bleeding control kits. In an effort to help area schools meet this requirement, Good Samaritan Trauma began offering free training to schools.

“It is unfortunate that schools are no longer safe havens,” said Mary Pargin, Trauma Program Manager. “We want to ensure that the students and faculty at our schools are trained and knowledgeable about preventing blood loss in the event of an emergency. The training is very appropriate for junior high and high school students and can be used in other emergency situations outside the school as well.”

The Stop the Bleed classes provided by Good Samaritan Trauma have been requested from area schools for several years, but the high costs of the kits prevented many schools from purchasing the needed supplies. Now with the monies received from the grant, each school will receive one bleeding control kit, and more if funding allows. The Stop the Bleed instructors at Good Samaritan will teach the course in schools in Knox and all surrounding counties. The department has already taught classes in Lawrence and Crawford counties in Illinois, and Knox, Daviess and Sullivan counties in Indiana.

The funding committee at Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma was impressed with the dedication of the Injury Prevention Team at Good Samaritan comprised of Trauma, Emergency Services, Collaborative Interprofessional Education and other volunteers who have provided the Stop the Bleed training to more than 2,200 individuals.

“Our Injury Prevention Team works tirelessly to provide education to the community,” said Karen Haak, Chief Nursing Officer. “Receiving this grant is a reflection of the team’s hard work, and will allow Good Samaritan to provide more education and hopefully save more lives.”

If anyone would like to donate a Stop the Bleed kit to their local school, please contact Good Samaritan Trauma at 812-885-3793, or the local school administration. Any school or business interested in hosting a Stop the Bleed class is encouraged to contact the Good Samaritan Trauma Services Department.

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