STOP THE BLEED® Training Beats Expectations

Anita Barksdale, BSN, RN, CPST
Injury Prevention, Community Education, and Outreach Coordinator
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Pontiac

Over a two-month period from February 2022 to March 2022, the Trauma Program of St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac took on a daunting but rewarding task. They teamed up with Clarkston Community Schools and other member hospitals from the Michigan Trauma Coalition to provide STOP THE BLEED® education to over 1100 teachers and staff. Together with Trauma and Injury Prevention Experts from Henry Ford Health System, the Detroit Medical Center, Covenant Health, McLaren Health, Hurley Medical Center, and Beaumont Health, they provided 14 highly engaging training sessions to seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school (Gr 6-7), one junior high school (Gr 8-9), Clarkston High School (Gr 10-12), Renaissance High School (the district’s alternative high school, Gr 9-12), the Early Childhood Center, Transportation Staff, and Operations and Maintenance crews. It’s the kind of hands-on training that teachers and staff hope they’ll never have to use. Clarkston Community Schools is invested in the safety of their staff and students, and they offered the STOP THE BLEED® Training in conjunction with their annual “ALICE” active shooter response training (aka “Alert/Lockdown/Inform/Counter/Evacuate”).

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