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Stop the Bleeding Training Held at Satanta High School

By Lizahi Quinonez Salas

On Tuesday, November 13, 2018, the Satanta High School health class hosted a visit from Satanta District Hospital nursing director Tina Pendergraft who taught students how to identify a life-threatening bleed and provide first aid. The reason it is important to know what to do in these situations is because, according to the American College of Surgeons, seventy percent of deaths in car accidents or at shooting scenes result from bleeding out, not from the injuries caused by the actual accident or incident. If more people knew the principles of trauma care response, many of these deaths could be prevented.


After the presentation of possible scenes in which severe bleeding could occur, Pendergraft showed the class the appropriate response procedures including using a tourniquet and how to stop bleeding if a tourniquet isn’t available. She also explained Hands-Only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in infants and adults. Pendergraft presented these techniques alongside Satanta High School health and physical education instructor Jeremy Hazen, who said of the event: “I really enjoyed having Mrs. Pendergraft come in and do the presentation. It is something that hopefully none of my students ever have to use, but if they do, they will be prepared and ready for any situation that arises.”

This visit was the latest in a growing effort to connect the Satanta District Hospital with students at Satanta High School. Satanta students also recently participated in the hospital’s mass evacuation drill, and the Science and History Club recently held its talent show fundraiser in the Long-term Care dining room. The Satanta District Hospital is a proud sponsor of the SHS TRIBE program.