Boulder Valley School District now better prepared to respond to crisis situations
BOULDER — While it is the last thing that anyone wants to think about, a generous donation of STOP THE BLEED® kits from the Boulder Community Health Foundation (BCH Foundation) and Foothills Regional Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Advisory Council (RETAC) is ensuring that Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) schools are better prepared to respond to an act of school violence or serious accidental injury.
STOP THE BLEED® kits were provided to every BVSD school. Geared toward the lay person, the kits include specialized supplies that can be used anytime there is an injury resulting in significant bleeding, including a tourniquet, QuikClot® Bleeding Control Dressing, compression bandage and rubber gloves, along with instructions on how to use the materials within the kit.
The kits are designed to save lives before professional medical help arrives on the scene. This could be a student suffering major blood loss from a traumatic injury, major laceration or anything else that causes severe bleeding.
“The Foundation donated the kits because we believe in their necessity. Time is a critical factor in how quickly bleeding control increases chance of survival,” said Grant Besser, Vice President of Public Affairs and President of the BCH Foundation. “We wanted to offer as many resources as possible to prepare BVSD schools for any type of major traumatic incident.”
“These aren’t your standard first-aid kits,” added Linda Underbrink, RN, the Executive Director at Foothills RETAC. “STOP THE BLEED kits are designed for bystanders of life-or-death situations. Instead of being a bystander you can be a responder.”
Every schools’ Emergency Response Team has already been trained on how to use the kit’s supplies, along with Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and other lifesaving techniques.
“This is a natural extension of our efforts to be ready for any emergency that may occur in our buildings. We already have automated external defibrillators (AEDs) installed in our buildings and are working to ensure our school nurse consultants have Naloxone in case they need to respond to an overdose-related emergency,” said BVSD Health Services Director Stephanie Faren. “We truly hope that the kits will never be needed, but we appreciate the generous donation so that we are ready, if they ever are.”
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About Boulder Valley School District
Boulder Valley School District, which serves 31,000 students over 500 square miles along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, stands as a leader in academic excellence with outstanding classroom teachers, exemplary schools, and programs that support student achievement.
Boulder Community Health Foundation
Established in 1978, the Boulder Community Health Foundation is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to enhancing quality and availability of health care services in Boulder County. The Foundation generates and administers all charitable gifts to Boulder Community Health, a nonprofit community-owned hospital system, to innovate and stay at the forefront of medical advancements and technology and provide full access to emergency care to all.
Foothills Regional Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Advisory Council (RETAC)
The Foothills RETAC is a non-profit Medical & Trauma Advisory Council serving Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Grand, & Jefferson counties.