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Firefighters, Cook Children's donate bleeding control kits to local schools

Posted Aug. 20, 2019

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Kits contain items such as tourniquets, chest seals, compression bandages, bleeding control bandages, gloves, scissors and other items.

Today we live in a world where life-threatening events are becoming increasingly more frequent. Massive bleeding can result from multiple causes, including an active shooter event, structural collapse, motor vehicle accident or a traumatic injury.

To respond to this need, Fort Worth Firefighter Charities and Cook Children’s Medical Center are providing 3,300 bleeding control kits and Stop the Bleed training to FWISD schools.

“The Stop the Bleed training program is an essential and proactive step to providing an added layer of safety for all of our children and teachers in our schools,” Mayor Betsy Price said. “Thank you to Fort Worth Fire Department for your continuous help making our city safe for all our citizens.”

Members of a specially-trained Cook Children’s trauma team and FWFD are providing Stop the Bleed classes to teachers, churches and community members interested in knowing how to prevent deaths from massive bleeding.

Similar to how CPR is taught, the team teaches proper bleeding control techniques, including dressings, tourniquets and using hands to apply pressure. Victims can quickly die from uncontrolled bleeding within five to 10 minutes. The training can help extend an injured person’s chance of survival.

To learn more about the training, call 682-885-3954.

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