The first-time inclusion of medical triage training in local public schools is just one of the many reactions to growing concerns about deadly, armed attacks on schools, which last year saw dozens gunned down at high schools in Florida and Texas - and fatal attacks in recent years at other schools across the nation.
Ann Brock, trauma outreach coordinator for Atrium in Middletown, said some area schools are keenly interested in the training for both teachers and students.
“It teaches them (teachers and students) to be immediate responders in how to stop the bleeding among shooting victims,” said Brock.
“We teach them how to use a tourniquet to stop bleeding, how to pack a bleeding wound (bullet or laceration) with gauze,” among other techniques, said Brock.
“It’s empowering them in what they can do in this sort of situation,” she said.