With the help of Cypress Creek EMS and the Tomball Regional Health Foundation, Tomball ISD is making a huge commitment to the safety of its students and staff by deploying more bleeding control kits and training more employees in bleeding control than any school district in our region, thus far. Over the past two years, Cypress Creek EMS has trained more than 700 employees ranging from administrators, to teachers, to bus drivers how to Stop The Bleed. CCEMS began by teaching every school nurse and giving them the tools they need to instruct other staff members. The majority of Tomball ISD Schools are located in the Cypress Creek EMS coverage area. Currently, about 900 of the district’s approximately 2400 employees are trained and the district has set a goal of having most, if not all, of the approximately 2400 district employees trained by this time next year.
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Tomball ISD’s Director of Health Services Cathy Pool says, “We are offering CPR, AED, and Stop The Bleed (STB) classes over the summer for staff.” Once everyone is trained she says, “The nurses will include Stop The Bleed overview/training to all their staff at the beginning of each school year in August to ensure continued competency.”
On Monday, March 25, 2019, Tomball ISD Superintendent Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora, Chief Administrative Officer Chris Trotter, and Director of Health Services Cathy Pool thanked Cypress Creek EMS for training its personnel and the Tomball Regional Health Foundation for a grant to purchase 650 bleeding control kits. Each kit contains a modern Combat Application Tourniquet (CAT), wound packing material, sterile gloves, and trauma shears.
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The Tomball Regional Health Foundation awarded the district with a nearly $22,000 grant to buy enough kits put one in every junior high and high school classroom and strategically deploy kits to team leaders (1 or 2 per grade) in every elementary and intermediate school.
Cathy Pool says the district purchased a number of kits before the grant so, “There is also one kit with each AED in the cabinets throughout the campuses. Each clinic has at least two and our athletic trainers each have one. The front office staff has a To-Go bag that has two kits.” The district also plans to put a kit on each school bus.
Stop The Bleed training and the public access bleeding control kits are a direct outgrowth of the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012. Following that, the American College of Surgeons convened a task force known as the Hartford Consensus to make recommendations on improving chances of survival.
The Stop The Bleed campaign grew out of that and is endorsed by the White House and Department of Homeland Security. The idea is to train the people who may already be on the scene when a mass casualty incident (MCI) happens.
Even though this effort is designed to prepare for an MCI, the folks Cypress Creek EMS has trained are much more likely to use the skills they’ve learned and the public access bleeding kits to treat people injured in accidents.
For example, a broken bone from a fall can slice through an artery creating a life threatening injury. Severe hemorrhage can lead to death in as little as three minutes. One of the school districts CCEMS trained, has saved the lives of two students who were both injured in accidents on campus.