Stop the bleeding kits are now at Jonesboro and Nettleton Schools. School nurses from each district participated in eight-hour training sessions to get the life-saving kits. The nurses can teach others at the district how to use the kits, which will be placed near defibrillators at every school. Dr. Spencer Guinn leads the Stop the Bleeding Foundation in Jonesboro.
"This is what we are staring to do now through state recommendations," said Guinn. "The city of Jonesboro is tracking where the kits are so that way if an emergency occurs, we know where the kits are immediately."
He says the first donation to the local Stop the Bleeding Foundation came from the Jonesboro Rotary Club. He say the goal is to get these kits in the hands of as many people as possible.
"In the 1960s and 1970s, there was a movement to get everyone to know how to perform CPR and I believe this national initiative is the next wave to get these kits in as many hands as possible."
Registered Nurse at Nettleton Public Schools Lori Ellis and Nurse Patti Cole at Macarthur Junior High at Jonesboro Public Schools both say the kits are an important tool to saving lives.
Dr. Guinn says with training held every month, there are more opportunities for local schools to receive their own kits. The training and kits come as part of a 500-thousand dollar grant from the Blue and You Foundation.