The College of Coastal Georgia now has bleeding control kits to prevent uncontrolled bleeding in case of an emergency thanks to a "Stop the Bleed" event hosted by nursing students at the College.
Stop the Bleed is a nationwide initiative dedicated to educating the public on basic techniques for bleeding control. In March, then-Bachelor of Science in Nursing seniors Miranda Crews, Jessica Feingold, Cathy Martinez, and Bethany O'Connor hosted a free Stop the Bleed training class facilitated by regional Stop the Bleed volunteer instructors from the Glynn County Health Department, Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Coastal Georgia Campus Police, and nursing students. Nursing students also hosted a one-mile run/walk fundraiser to purchase kits for the campus.
The event empowered members of the community and campus to be of aid in case of an emergency and prevent injuries from becoming deadly. Attendees learned how they can play a vital role in the time between injury and when professional medical help arrives, and then practiced basic techniques for bleeding control for injured people.
Through the project, Coastal Georgia was able to obtain 22 bleeding control kits and five practice kits for future trainings. Some kits were donated by the Georgia Department of Public Health while others were purchased by the campus police and by the nursing department with funds raised from the one-mile run/walk. Each kit contains a tourniquet, wound-packing materials, and gloves to prevent further exposure to contaminants. There will be a kit placed in each building on both the Brunswick campus and in the Camden Center.