Manatee County school nurses learn life saving skills at "Stop the Bleeding" event

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MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - As students get ready to make a new school year great. Manatee County School nurses are preparing for the worst.

Learning life saving skills, in the event of a life threatening situation.

More than one hundred members of the school district learn new skills that could save a student's life. Trainers teaching school nurses how to apply dressings and tourniquets as part of the "Stop the Bleed" campaign.

"many nurses have not ever been trained in applying a combat turnicout, so that will be a new skill that they will learn. in addition, a good renewal of compression impacting open wounds to control bleeding."

Blake Medical Center's Injury Prevention Coordinator Cindy Tanner says the goal is to make "Stop the Bleeding" training as commonplace as CPR training saying, "Many nurses have not ever been trained in applying a combat turnicout, so that will be a new skill that they will learn. In addition, a good renewal of compression impacting open wounds to control bleeding."

Palm View Elementary School Nurse Christine Silva attended and says training like this is extremely important.

"In today's world we have so many mass shootings. It's a frighting thing that you actually have to think about that."

The lessons learned here could mean the difference between life and death, according to manatee County health specialist Teresa Masterson. She says nurses are the first point of contact.

"Being instrumental and being on the forfront on how to handle a catastrophe or emergency on a school campus is very important to us.

And once the group is trained, they will be certified to teach other staff members at their school.