For the first time in Texas, school district and hospital team up to 'Stop the Bleed'

Posted at 6:59 PM, Aug 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-30 20:06:47-04

Imagine an entire school of first responders.  For the first time in Texas, a local hospital and school district teamed up for life-saving training to stop the bleed in case of a traumatic event.  A life lesson learned at Temple High School, like nothing ever done before.

"Minutes matter. When someone is bleeding, when someone is bleeding significantly, minutes do matter," said Dr. Danny Little, head of trauma at Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's Medical Center.

The hospital teamed up with Temple High School staff and students to teach them the ABC's of bleeding for a national program called "Stop the Bleed."

"It educates the community how to take care of a mom or a sibling and what they can do before first responders arrive on scene," said Dr. Little.

"Just makes me proud to be a Temple Wildcat," said Senior Mackenzie Thompson.  

After the training, Mackenzie put some cloth in her glove compartment to be ready to use the skills she learned.

"Just throughout our school and community to be able to make a little more of an impact," said Mackenzie.

This includes how to apply a tourniquet and pack a wound.

"How to put gauze on a wound.  How to apply pressure," said Dr. Little.

"If you can do something to help a person at any time, it feels great," said Senior Cale Blove.

Principal Jason Mayo says the two-day training includes about twenty classrooms with the potential to save lives.

"That's a Temple kid for you. They want to be first.  They want to step up and be the best at what they do.  To go out there, and if an emergency happens, they can respond to it and save a life," said Mayo.

This is the first time in Texas an entire school body has conducted the "Stop the Bleed" training.

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