On Jan. 3, the Anna High School staff learned how to react in the event of an emergency. Mike Mixson, trauma director at Medical City McKinney, said recent tragedies put the ball in motion to do something.

“Motivated by the 2012 tragedy in Sandy Hook and multiple tragedies that have occurred in the ensuing years, what has become known as the Hartford Consensus was convened,” Mixson said. “The Hartford Consensus, in collaboration with the American College of Surgeons, emphasizes that no one should die from uncontrolled bleeding. The Bleeding Control Basic Course v. 1.0 was designed by the ACS for individuals who have little or no medical training but who may be called upon as immediate responders to provide initial trauma care and bleeding control to a victim of traumatic injury prior to the arrival of emergency medical services.”

Anna High School Health Instructor Lisa Hutchinson said the training could save a life. “On October 12, 2017 Health Occupations Students of America and Medical City McKinney — together with law enforcement classes, family career, and community classes, theater (and) audio visual classes — hosted a city-wide disaster drill,” Hutchinson said. “We practiced a mass casualty scenario because of a tornado. We learned because of this drill that in a case where someone is bleeding profusely, help can arrive sometimes be more than 15 minutes depending on where the location of the victim. Someone could bleed to death much sooner than that if they do not receive the right type of help.”

Hutchinson said Medical City McKinney donated a Stop the Bleed tourniquet kit for each classroom at Anna High School, and training. “However, with power comes responsibility as they say. We did not just acquire the kits themselves,” Hutchinson said. “Special training is needed to use them.”

“(Mixson) and some of their trauma staff came to us on our work day, to train all of us from the Stop the Bleed initiative,” Hutchinson said. “Some of the ER nurses, ER director and even a trauma surgeon came to train the school’s staff. This training includes identifying a life-threatening bleeding situation, how to find where the bleeding is coming from and how to apply the tourniquet and what to do afterwards.”

Mixson said his office was proud to be a part of was possibly history in the making — Anna High School might be the first school in Texas to have a kit in every classroom.

“Medical City McKinney is proud to provide each classroom with a Stop the Bleed kit, and the training today for all the teachers and staff at Anna High School now provides them with the knowledge and skill needed to utilize these tools to save a life,” Mixson said.

Hutchinson said the kits can be used for any type of incident. “It is not just mass casualty, tornadoes, or major events that these may be needed, but everyday accidents still happen,” she said. “It is comforting to know that this district is prepared and has the community support for this program.”