Stop the Bleed
House Bill 496
House Bill 496 requires school districts to annually offer instruction on the use of a bleeding control station from a school resource officer (or other appropriate district or school personnel who has received the training) to students enrolled at the campus in grade seven or higher.
What is Stop the Bleed?
Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call-to-action started by the White House and the Department of Homeland Security in 2015. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.
No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss. Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide care first.
Has SBCISD implemented Stop the Bleed?
Yes, SBCISD was one of the first school districts in the RGV to implement the Stop the Bleed program. In 2018, the district purchased 46 wall-mounted bleeding control units and 5 mobile bleeding control units that are placed throughout the district. Our Health Services Coordinator is a certified instructor for the program and employees at each campus are offered annual instruction for Stop the Bleed.
STB website: https://www.stopthebleed.org/training
Compression, packing, and tourniquet use: https://www.stopthebleed.org/-/media/stop-the-bleed/instructor-files/stop-the-bleed-poster.ashx