'Stop The Bleed' kits coming to every school in Marshall County

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MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (KCRG) - Uncontrollable blood loss is the leading cause of death during traumatic events like a shooting or accident.

That's why Marshall County Emergency Management is making sure county schools and their staff are prepared during an emergency.

They got a $26,000 grant to get stop the bleed kits in every county school. They will train school staff how to use them.

The kits work to stop bleeding that can't be controlled with direct pressure, using items like gauze and tourniquets.

Leaders wanted the kits in schools because there are always large crowds there with classes and after-school activities. Training takes about two hours. Workers in the Marshalltown school district support the idea.

"Of course our district, we already have safety and security plans in place for an emergency,” said district nurse Stacey Tool-Crawford. “This will be a great supplement to that. So that we will have all of our staff trained in order to use this if we happen to need it. And to be able to stop a bleed and hopefully save a life."

Stop the bleed kits were influenced by a series of mass shootings in the last few years which started with the December 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, where a gunman shot and killed 20 children between the ages of six and seven, as well as six adults.

County leaders hope to have all staff trained by the end of the year. They will even look at training some of the students.