Teaching The Teachers: Fort Worth ISD Learning Life Saving Techniques

Kristin Weisell
April 19, 2018 - 8:11 am
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FORT WORTH (KRLD) - Cook Children's Hospital and Fort Worth Firefighter Charities are bringing the Stop the Bleed initiative into Fort Worth classrooms.

Teachers will be taught basic life saving and blood loss prevention techniques, such as triage and applying tourniquets. They'll also learn how to identify when blood loss is reaching a life threatening point.

This training will be useful in case of accidents at school, but it can also make a difference in mass shootings.

"Unfortunately in our day and time, mass shootings are occurring more frequently," says Sharon Evans, trauma prevention coordinator with Cook Children's. "You can bleed to death in 3 to 4 minutes, so having the knowledge to stop someone's blood loss could save their life."

Following their training, teachers will be given an emergency kit stocked with necessary supplies to keep in their classrooms. This could make a difference in case of an emergency lockdown, when someone can't run for a nurse. 

Cook Children's has raised a lot of money to put more than 3,000 kits in Fort Worth classrooms by the start of next year. They are also reaching out to other North Texas school districts.