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County agency campaigns to get life saving, 'Stop the Bleed' kits in all Pasco schools

Posted at 4:28 PM, Mar 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-01 17:49:40-05

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — Seconds matter in a life or death situation, and uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of death in a trauma.

That’s why Pasco County wants to make sure their students are safe by getting "Stop the Bleed" kits in every school.

"You can stop the bleed and prevent somebody from possibly losing their life," said Amanda Marrero, a junior at Wendell Krinn Technical High School.

Wendell Krinn Technical High School is training students and staff on how to use the kits at their school.

"It's not just for worst case scenarios. Especially in a trade school, we deal with a lot of sharp objects and you never know what could happen," said Marrero.

In the event of a tragedy, the kits turn bystanders into first responders by giving them the tools to stop someone from bleeding to death.

"If you’re not educated on how to stop something like this, somebody could die," said Marrero.

These life-saving kits have tourniquets, gauze, gloves and even a vent for chest injuries. They include everything you could need to stop an injury from getting worse before first responders arrive.

"We have all of these AEDs throughout our schools, why would we not have a 'Stop the Bleed' kit," said Chris Dunning, principal at Wendell Krinn Technical High School.

The issue is that the kits are $150 each. The Pasco County Tax Collectors office is collecting donations this month to help get these kits into every Pasco County school.

If you're interested in donating or want more information about the campaign click here.