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OCS partners with County, NMCCL for 'Stop the Bleed'

 Navel Medical Center, Onslow County and OCS representatives held a joint Stop the Bleed event

On Wednesday, August 7, 2019, Onslow County Schools, Onslow County Health Department (OCHD), Onslow County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune (NMCCL) hosted a joint presentation in promotion of the “Stop the Bleed” campaign and provided awareness on the Public Access Bleeding Control Kits that have been placed in all Onslow County schools, buildings, and vehicles.  

The “Stop the Bleed” campaign teaches non-medical professionals bleeding control techniques and how to provide care until an emergency responder arrives on the scene of an accident or traumatic event. Stop the Bleed is a simple, 60-minute course that teaches participants to recognize life-threatening bleeding and how to treat it. In total, these partnering agencies have trained more than 3,000 citizens and credentialed 315 instructors of the program.  

An NMCCL representative demonstrates how to use the tourniquet kits

OCHD recently received a $46,756 grant through the North Carolina Public Health Preparedness & Response (PHP&R) branch. This grant directly funded the purchase of 640 Public Access Bleeding Control Kits that were placed in all Onslow County vehicles and buildings.  

As part of the grant, 100 of those Stop The Bleed kits will be given to Onslow County Schools to place throughout our buildings. The kits will provide the school system with a first line of defense in the event of an injury to a student or staff member.  

“We want to make sure the safety and security of our students and staff is always protected,” said OCS Chief Communications Officer Brent Anderson. “Stop the Bleed training is going to be another tool that our staff will have to be able to handle any kind of traumatic event that may come up on campus.” 

100 response kits will be distributed to Onslow County schools

Stop the Bleed uses a “ripple” approach: volunteers train people, who in turn train others. This training is typically offered by either Onslow County EMS or NMCCL. Since 2017, NMCCL corpsmen and civilian employees have taught classes to various agencies including law enforcement, park rangers, church groups, and civic groups among others. NMCCL has taught Stop The Bleed classes to staff and faculty at several OCS schools and to all OCS school nurses.  

OCS Executive Director of Human Resources and Student Services, Dr. Brendan Gartner, noted, "If we have an injury with potentially serious consequences, the kits and associated training will allow OCS staff to provide immediate, life-saving measures prior to the arrival of medical professionals." Gartner added, "We are excited about the opportunity to expand the training throughout the school system during the coming year and appreciate the efforts of our partners - OCHD, EMS and Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune -to help make this happen." 

According to statistics from the 2018 College of Surgeons’ “Stop the Bleed” Report, Onslow County trained more citizens last year than 15 other individual states have in the last 36 months.