The Connetquot Central School District is the first district in New York State to make use of a slightly modified version of the hemostatic kit used by law enforcement, emergency responders and the military to quickly control bleeding and potentially save lives, the kit's maker said.
Training is to be conducted Tuesday with nursing, security and athletic staff in the use of the QuikClot Belt Trauma Kits, a district spokeswoman said. The kits will be housed at each school nurse's office, the high school's athletic trainer's office and with security personnel.
The kit, to be worn on a belt, includes various sizes of specially treated QuikClot gauze dressings -- originally designed for military use -- that speed the body's natural clotting process; similarly treated compression bandages; one tourniquet; and exam gloves, said Mark Dellecave, Connetquot High School athletic director.
The kits, for which the district is paying about $175 each, are not designed to be used for normal bleeding from, say, a skinned knee or cut hand, he said, but for any case of "traumatic bleeding."
"Hopefully, we'll never use them," he said. But if one person in the community is helped, he said, the kits will have served their purpose.
So far, the district has used traditional medical protocols and supplies, with staff trained and certified in first-aid procedures. "Most of the time that protocol will be fine," he said.
With the use of these kits, the district will also be the first in New York State to comply with "procedures for advanced first aid and hemorrhage control" as recommended by The Hartford Consensus, said Ed Hallaran, an area vice president based in St. James for the manufacturer. The Consensus is a document produced in the wake of the 2012 Newtown school shootings in Connecticut detailing guidelines and proper materials to be used by "everyday people," said Hallaran, with Z-Medica LLC, a Wallingford, Connecticut-based medical device company and maker of the QuikClot kit.
QuikClot is a type of gauze holding kaolin, a mineral most often used for making porcelain and china that accelerates the body's natural clotting ability.
"This new certification will allow for the ensured safety of our students, faculty and staff, all of whose welfare is our paramount concern," Connetquot Superintendent Lynda Adams said.