PCH Makes Donation to Piggott Schools

Thursday, November 15, 2018
Those on hand for the Piggott Community Hospital donation to Piggott Schools were, from left: Front- Brandon Finley, Shelly Samples, Tammye Hendrix and Paula Magee. Back- school nurse Mia Boren, Emily Finley, PHS principal Paul Seegraves, interim superintendent Barry DeHart and Erica Harris.
TD photo/Kelsey McKenney

Last year, Piggott High School and Piggott Elementary employees were trained in the particulars of the Stop the Bleed program. Stop the Bleed is a national campaign in which faculties learn what to do in different emergency situations.

Last year the state set out to stress to all public workers, including teachers and police officers, the importance of completing the training.

Shelly Samples, RN and trauma coordinator of Piggott Community Hospital, notes that most deaths as a result of school shootings actually occur because the individual “bled-out” before medical personnel were able to enter the premises and stop the bleeding. With this program, teachers and faculty have the option of completing the training and learning how to help individuals sustain their life until medical professionals arrive on scene.

In May of 2017, Piggott schools received training related to the program. Since then, it's estimated that around 120 employees of PHS and PES have completed the training.

This year, Piggott Community Hospital (PCH) is donating some basic supplies key to the effort, such as dressings, to the school. These supplies will be used in emergency kits, and school officials indicated every classroom will have one. These kits are designed to give teachers, and other members of the faculty, the basic medical supplies to help stop bleeding or help secure other injuries.

Those in attendance for the donation were superintendent Barry DeHart, high school principal Paul Seegraves, assistant elementary principal Erica Harris, high school nurse Mia Boren, LPN, RN educator for PCH and RN supervisor for the school district, Paula Magee, Emily Finley, RN, RN and trauma coordinator Shelly Samples, RN and ER supervisor Tammye Hendrix and paramedic Brandon Finley.

During the gathering it was noted that Piggott school’s nurses are trained, and are able to train any new employees the school may hire. It was also noted that Piggott Community Hospital has has five trainers.

The inspiration behind this effort to encourage individuals to complete the training was simple; if all school faculty are trained to help others in medical emergencies, it will provide injured individuals a better chance at survival.

In setting up the program, Piggott Community Hospital collaborated with Regional One Health Medical Center out of Memphis, who provided trainers and equipment. They also worked with Arkansas Methodist Medical Center (AMMC) out of Paragould, who provided equipment; and Survival Flight, who provided trainers.

Those wanting more information about the national campaign may visit them online at www.stopthebleedtraining.org

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