More than 30 North Springs HOSA students— future healthcare professionals— helped coordinate training to teach fellow Spartans and future Spartans how to stop uncontrolled bleeding, “the number one cause of preventable death from trauma” according to the National Security Council’s Stop the Bleed campaign.
The HOSA team reached out to elementary students in the after-school program at Ison Springs Elementary, middle school students in the after-school All Star program at Sandy Springs Charter Middle, and various career academy classes at North Springs Charter High School.
For the middle and high school students, the team showed a power point from the official Stop the Bleed program. They also gave students real bleeding control kits and a faux arm so they could practice.
“Actually using the kits you get a better understanding of how to stop a bleed and to feel more prepared,” said HOSA chapter president, Kalki Kukkala, a senior in the health science pathway and a current medical intern at Dunwoody Physicians who hopes to become a neurologist.
“For Ison Springs, we adapted the material to make it simpler and less scary. We created a special power point, made an easy to understand little booklet and filled small baggies with gloves, a pressure dressing and gauze pads, and we gave a booklet and baggie to each child,” he explained.
“All of us felt happy being able to educate other students and I realized how many students wanted to help our community and how many students were excited to learn,” Kukkala added. “One little boy at Ison Springs said to me excitedly, ‘I get to be a doctor for a day’ and later we heard, another little boy refused to take his gloves off when he went to bed.”
Paulette Diener, health science teacher and HOSA advisor, learned about the Stop the Bleed program at a workshop she attended at an educator’s conference this summer. “I’m so proud of our students, “she said.
“We wanted to educate and train potential bystanders,” said Kukkala. “We thought if you start training early - it’s more beneficial, kids would be more prepared and could help instead of only relying on adults to take action.”
“We planned this training when we learned about a local radio competition for students helping students and we thought this would be a perfect service project. Our plan if we win, is to use the money to support our HOSA chapter and continue to do more community outreach projects like this, that’s really what we all want to do.”