Atrium Health Floyd Provides Stop the Bleed Kits to Area Schools
Nearly 1,000 kits given to regional health care partners
ROME, Ga., January 27, 2023 – Atrium Health Floyd has donated almost 1,000 trauma kits to area schools through its partnership with them as official health care provider.
Chattooga County schools, Floyd County Schools, Rome City Schools, Polk County schools, Trion schools and Darlington School recently requested hundreds of the Stop the Bleed kits from Atrium Health Floyd. Requests for the Stop the Bleed kits came after school leaders attended active-shooter response training held by the health care system.
Uncontrolled bleeding due to traumatic injury is the most common cause of death outside of a hospital.
A national Stop the Bleed campaign was initiated by the White House in late 2015. In 2017, the Georgia Trauma Foundation, Georgia Trauma Commission, the Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons and the Georgia Committee on Trauma launched the program in Georgia statewide.
The state initially approved funding to provide 12 bleeding control kits for every public school in the state.
“Everyone involved hopes they never have to use the kits, but they can definitely save a life,” said Chris Butler, director of Atrium Health Floyd Corporate Health. “And we don’t just give them the kits and walk away. We also train school officials to use the kits, which include a tourniquet, gloves, gauze, bandages and other supplies that can stop life-threatening bleeding.”
Anyone interested in receiving Stop the Bleed training should contact Atrium Health Floyd Emergency Medical Services at 706-509-3820.
About Atrium Health Floyd
The Atrium Health Floyd family of health care services is a leading medical provider and economic force in northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama. Atrium Health Floyd is part of Advocate Health, which is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is the fifth-largest nonprofit health system in the United States, created from the combination of Atrium Health and Advocate Aurora Health. At the center of these services is Atrium Health Floyd Medical Center, a 304-bed full-service, acute care hospital and regional referral center. Atrium Health Floyd employs more than 3,500 employees who provide care in over 40 medical specialties at three hospitals: Atrium Health Floyd Medical Center in Rome, Georgia; Atrium Health Floyd Cherokee Medical Center in Centre, Alabama; Atrium Health Floyd Polk Medical Center in Cedartown, Georgia, as well as Atrium Health Floyd Medical Center Behavioral Health, a freestanding 53-bed behavioral health facility, also in Rome; and a primary care and urgent care network with locations throughout the service area of northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama.