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Omaha-area schools install bleeding control kits

Posted: 7:49 AM, Feb 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-04 13:49:55Z
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Some Omaha-area school districts are installing bleeding control kits inside schools to give staff and students quick access to resources in case of an emergency, including a shooting.

The Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Agency has led the effort to get the kits into school districts, including Omaha Public Schools and Council Bluffs Community Schools, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

The kits cost about $56 and contain an instruction card, gauze, rubber gloves, scissors, and a tourniquet to stop bleeding. The supplies could be used to address a range of injuries, from accidents in shop class to emergencies such as a school shooting, school officials said.

The Council Bluffs district has trained its health staff, teachers, support staff, and some students on how to use the kits, said Tim Hamilton, the executive director of student and family services at the Council Bluffs district.

Sarpy County Sheriff Lt. Jacob Betsworth has been collaborating with CHI Health and the Gretna Community Foundation to install kits at Gretna Public Schools.