Program aims to train teachers to 'Stop the Bleed'

Written by Rachel McDevitt | Mar 12, 2018 3:57 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A new program for Berks County schools aims to teach staff how to save the life of someone suffering severe bleeding.

Penn State Health Saint Joseph has committed to providing training and emergency kits to Berks County's 18 school districts as part of the national Stop the Bleed initiative.

A 90-minute class will instruct teachers and school personnel on how to recognize bleeding from a traumatic injury and apply pressure to reduce blood loss until first responders arrive.

The hospital's vice president of communications Mike Jupina says a person can die from an uncontrolled bleed within five minutes.

"You know, we say that doctors and nurses can work miracles, but if you can't get the patient to the doors of the ER, we can't do anything," he said. 

Jupina says the hospital had already planned to join the program, but last month's school shooting in Parkland, Florida heightened its importance.

The initiative will cost nearly $55,000 over the next three years.

After school staff is trained, classes will be opened up to the public.

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