Over the summer, public schools across Illinois received kits designed to help staff members respond in the event of life-threatening injuries. Each kit contains Nitrile gloves, a MicroShield mask, QuikClot bandages, and a tourniquet — just enough supplies to help save one person from bleeding to death. Schools can receive up to five more free kits if they train more staff on a curriculum called STOP the Bleed.
Mary Connelly, director of the state's medical emergency response team and a former emergency room nurse, says it’s the training that really helps.
She compares this training to the Heimlich maneuver — a lifesaving technique that almost anyone can easily learn.