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York School District 1 Tramedic® Trauma Kit Initiative

Ranked as one of the best public-school districts in South Carolina this past year, York School District 1 is making emergency preparedness a top priority by empowering staff with Tramedic® trauma kits. The district’s project was kick started when they received a shipment of Tramedic® Bleeding Control Kits from the statewide Stop the Bleed initiative in the fall of 2018. Since the original shipment, the district has implemented an additional 365 Tramedikits™ to outfit classrooms and common spaces in their facilities.

In 2018, the state of South Carolina and its Regional Healthcare Coalitions were awarded a $1.2 million federal grant for a statewide Stop the Bleed initiative. The funding supported distributing almost 19,000 Tramedic® Bleeding Control Kits to public schools throughout the state for the 2018-2019 academic year. For educating schools on the kits, nurses attended regional training sessions during the summer leading up to the school year. The nurses then trained faculty and staff upon return to their respective schools so everyone across the state would be prepared to use a kit if needed. From this initiative, York School District 1 received their initial shipment of trauma kits to prepare schools for serious injuries.

The district began placing the newly acquired Tramedic® Bleeding Control Kits in key locations in the district’s schools like classrooms and common spaces. Since the district has a total of 10 schools, there were not enough trauma kits from the statewide initiative to outfit every classroom in each school. To combat this, the district created a plan to equip every teacher and classroom with a trauma kit by purchasing additional Tramedikits™. Kevin Queen, the district’s Transportation Director, led the charge with support from teachers and parents, and thanks to a grant from Duke Energy a total of 365 custom packed Tramedikits™ were purchased. The Tramedic® trauma kits have been placed at the front door of every classroom in the district with additional kits located in common spaces like gymnasiums and cafes.

The individual kits are placed in go-bags containing additional supplies that can be carried by teachers when the class is outside their room. In addition to placing kits in classrooms and common spaces, every staff member in the district has been trained on how to stop uncontrolled bleeding and how to use the components inside each installed Tramedic® Kit.

Through the support of staff, parents, and district administration, York School District 1 has successfully expanded upon the South Carolina bleeding control initiative to ensure their faculty is empowered to handle potential life-threatening injuries. Looking ahead, the district wants to continue expanding upon its trauma kit initiative to improve safety at its schools.

If you are interested in supporting the district’s trauma kit initiative, visit https://www.york.k12.sc.us/ or contact Kevin Queen at kqueen@york.k12.sc.us. For more information about the Tramedic® Bleeding Control Kit, Tramedikit™, and how other Tramedic® trauma kits can fit into your school’s safety strategy check out https://www.tacmedsolutions.com/Tramedic-Response-System.

About York School District 1 and York County

In the heart of South Carolina’s Piedmont region, nestled between the Broad River and the Catawba River, lies York County. Its growing urban region is noted for its expanding manufacturing, distribution, and office development along I-77 with quick access to Charlotte, the largest metropolitan area in the two Carolinas. York School District 1 has a total of 10 schools with over 5,200 students in attendance. Students attend neighborhood schools before consolidating into York Middle School and York High School. The district strives to over an innovative and real-world experience for students through their award-winning public-school system.

           

About Tramedic® and Tactical Medical Solutions®

Tactical Medical Solutions® is a global leading developer and manufacturer of pre-hospital medical gear for the tactical and civilian world. We were founded in 2003 by a Special Forces medic who created the SOF® Tourniquet. Our tourniquet is now one of only two windlass tourniquets approved for use by the Department of Defense, one of only two tourniquets approved for use by the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care, and is the tourniquet of choice for the American Red Cross. While our original purpose was supporting the military, environments changed and TacMed progressed in to servicing law enforcement, fire, EMS, rescue, and now even. As a result, our product line has expanded greatly and is constantly evolving. We service civilian audiences such as all municipal buildings in the city of Dallas, NFL stadiums, Marriott hotels, churches, and public and private schools across the country through Tramedic®, our line of trauma kits developed for the everyday citizen. In addition to providing all of these customers equipment designed specifically for them, we provide kit customization and a complete knowledge management system that offers education and training to match.

     

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The weather is heating up and that means it’s time to pack your bags and enjoy a vacation. No matter your destination, the goal is to have fun and relax as much as possible. The last thing on your mind when planning what to pack is probably a trauma kit but it shouldn’t be. A serious injury can be unexpected and happen where professional help may not be easily accessible so it’s important to be prepared.

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