Stop the Bleed is a campaign created by medical and law enforcement experts, developed in the wake of active shooter events across the United States. Dr. Adam Fox with University Hospital in Newark lectures school nurses and staff on how to stop life threatening bleeding.
“The goal is two pronged. The goal is to educate as many people as possible in the three easy techniques for bleeding control. The second one is to identify, advise, and equip people with the tools they need to use this,” Dr. Fox said.
University Hospital is supplying schools with bleeding control kits including gloves, military grade tourniquets, pressure dressings, and other medical equipment.
“When things happen in the schools, the only person that has any real skill how to respond to it are school nurses,” said Newark Mayor Ras Baraka. “Our nurses need to be more prepared. They need more training and skills.”
Newark Public Schools Superintendent Roger Leon says nurses and security guards are the first line of defense in the face of a crisis.
“Our nurses, security guards, and teaching staff members are our first responders in schools. They will make sure that staff and students that are injured in any unforeseen accident are provided with the type of necessary care University Hospital is modeling for us in this school district and in this city.”