Did you know that bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma? The BSD Safety and Security team is offering bleeding control training to BSD students in order to familiarize them with the bleeding control kits installed throughout the district and more. This training is just one of the ways that Safety and Security has continued to provide vital, life-saving training for our learning community during the pandemic.  

In November, Interlake students gathered virtually via Microsoft Teams to learn about bleeding control. The virtual class covers the use of the bleeding control kits in BSD buildings, how to stop bleeding using compression, packing wounds and using a tourniquet and how to create a tourniquet without a kitSafety & Security staff performed bleeding control on a first aid training manikin via Microsoft Teams. 

“When I schedule this training for students, I try to have Nick Jacobson and Kirk Rudeen there with me,” says Williams. “It allows students to have high-quality training delivered to them by experienced individuals with diverse backgrounds.” Both Williams and Jacobson served in the U.S. Army and deployed overseas. Both were also Combat Lifesaver trained and qualified – a high level of battlefield lifesaving tactics. Rudeen has 27 years of responding to traffic accidents during his time with the Washington State Patrol. He was often the first responder on scene and provided life saving techniques to individuals before ambulances arrived.

Nick Jacobson demonstrates during a bleeding control kit training

The idea behind this training came from an Interlake student who inquired with the school’s nurse about bleeding control training for students in light of the presence of the kits at Interlake. The student had completed an internship at Harborview Medical Center where they learned the importance of having bleeding control training and wanted to pursue training for other students. Nick Jacobson and Shane Williams from Safety & Security worked with Mike Schiehser, assistant principal at Interlake to arrange an in-person presentation and demonstration and then offered an in-person, hands-on class.  

At the end of the last school year, there was still interest in providing safety training for students and planning for virtual training began. The first virtual class for this school year was offered in October and had over 50 students in attendance. Additional classes on fire safety, family preparedness and additional bleeding control classes are scheduled. Mike Schiehser has been working with building leaders at other high schools to make training available to high school students across BSD.