OSAGE BEACH, Mo. — Teachers in the Camdenton and School of the Osage districts have received lifesaving training, thanks to a partnership between Lake Regional Health System and the Community Foundation of the Lake.
Throughout October and November, the schools hosted Stop the Bleed training sessions where faculty learned what to do in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. Lake Regional’s Mariah Swinker, R.N., Trauma nurse coordinator, and Lauryn Voss, R.N., Trauma nurse registrar, led the free trainings at the following schools.
- Dogwood Elementary
- Hawthorn Elementary
- Hurricane Deck Elementary
- Oak Ridge Intermediate School
- Osage Beach Elementary
- Camdenton Middle School
- Lake Career and Technical Center
- Horizons Laker Educational Center
- Heritage Elementary
- School of the Osage Middle School
- School of the Osage Upper Elementary
- Eldon Middle School
In addition, each school received Bleeding Control Stations funded by a $10,000 grant. The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and Missouri Foundation for Health awarded the grant to the Community Foundation of the Lake through the Rural Ozarks Health Initiative, a program to address health issues in communities or regions served by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ affiliates.
Stop the Bleed was developed by the American College of Surgeons following the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012. The event changed mass casualty response, encouraging the preparation and training of immediate responders (bystanders) to provide bleeding control until professional help arrives.
Stop the Bleed applies to any situation with life-threatening bleeding, including highway and boating accidents. In addition to training local educators, Lake Regional Health System provides free classes for the public throughout the year. Find a class and register online. Learn more about lifesaving techniques at www.bleedingcontrol.org/resources/videos.