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Rhinelander school staff members learn to "stop the bleed" in training sessionSubmitted: 08/21/2019
Story By Rose McBride

Rhinelander school staff members learn to
RHINELANDER - A new kit located near the entrance to Rhinelander High School has all the essentials easily available in case something goes wrong. 

"Scissors, gloves, we have tourniquet, we have gauze. Everything you could need to provide immediate live-saving treatment to somebody," said Aspirus trauma program manager Sara Steen.


The Bleeding Control Kit was donated to the school district by Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

The purpose is to give students and staff the tools to help someone who is bleeding heavily.

"We know that uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of death if someone is not there to stop the bleed," said school nurse Kerri Schmidt.

Schmidt took a "Stop the Bleed" class last year and wanted to bring it to the school district this year.

Steen came to Rhinelander High School Wednesday morning to train teachers, TAs and office staff how to keep bleeding from becoming life-threatening.

"My goal at this was to try to spread the availability of these kits throughout our region that we serve," said Steen.

So far, Rhinelander is the first school in the region to have a Bleeding Control Kit.

"I thought about Oneida County in Rhinelander because it is probably one of our more northern, most populous high schools," said Steen.

Steen hopes in the future, all schools in the region will have one, so people are prepared to stop the bleed.
"Hopefully this is just the beginning of everything," said Steen.

Right now the high school is the only school in the district with a Bleeding Control Kit, but Schmidt hopes soon every school will have one.

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