Centerpoint Medical Center September 27, 2018

WHO: HCA Midwest Health & Fort Osage School District

WHAT: Stop the Bleed Training

WHEN: 1 p.m. Friday, September 28, 2018

WHERE: Fort Osage School District Administrative Office, 2101 N. Twyman Road, Independence, MO 64058

MEDIA: Please go to lobby for escort to event.

WHY: HCA Midwest Health—Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider and leader in bleed control training for trauma incidents—will lead the Fort Osage School District in Stop the Bleed training. HCA Midwest Health, with seven Kansas City-area hospitals and 11 Emergency Departments, has some of the most experienced and highly trained physicians, specialists, nurses and caregivers who treat these situations every day and started training the public in free courses during the summer of 2017.

Jason Martin, RN, CEN, TCRN, CPEN, NREMPT-P, HCA Midwest Health Trauma Injury Prevention/Education Coordinator, will lead all employees of the school district in the course designed to help people care for injured catastrophic trauma incidents.

“It’s exciting to teach the people who are with our children in schools to be proactive in basic life-saving medical situations, outside of a hospital setting,” Martin says. “Should the unthinkable happen at school—or another situation, like a car accident— it’s important for people to understand they can take the lead to care for someone injured before first responders arrive and perhaps help save lives in a challenging situation. Our specially trained trauma educators help people get prepared in a calm, supportive and educational setting.”

“The Fort Osage School District is committed to keeping our students safe,” says Dr. Steve Morgan, Fort Osage School District Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations. “Each building and department in our district have a safety committee that meets regularly to collaborate and prepare for various safety opportunities. Since our staff is the first 'boots on the ground' during every safety scenario that we train for, the district safety committee felt it was important to have them trained in a bleeding control program. I couldn't agree more. The Stop the Bleed training by HCA Midwest Health totally exceeds our expectations. The training extends beyond the school and provides potentially life-saving tips on how to control bleeding wherever we are in everyday life, should the need arise.” 

Centerpoint Medical Center, also part of HCA Midwest Health, will donate all of the tourniquets for the school district. Fort Osage Fire will assist with volunteers in the training. Stop the Bleed kits will be placed in every school bus and in strategic locations throughout school buildings where they would be accessible in time of need.

For more information on HCA Midwest Health’s Trauma Injury Prevention Education—including Stop the Bleed—and to schedule a free training, visit https://hcamidwest.com/service/trauma-care.