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Where to Place Bleeding Control Kits in a School

With a pen stroke, Governor Greg Abbott significantly increased the focus on school safety and emergency preparedness for Texas school districts.

HB 496, unofficially known at the Stop the Bleed® law, requires all Texas school districts to have bleeding control stations available on all campuses.

Under the law, the bleeding control stations need to include:

  • Tourniquets
  • Chest seals
  • Compression bandages
  • Bleeding control bandages
  • Space emergency blankets
  • Latex-free gloves
  • Markers
  • Scissors

While the Stop the Bleed law is specific about what the bleeding control kits must include, it leaves several questions unanswered:

  • How many tourniquets and other bleeding control kit supplies does each station need?
  • How many bleeding control kits does a school need?
  • Where should bleeding control kits be placed in a school?

According to the law, superintendents, or directors of schools in the case of open enrollment charters, get to make the call on how many tourniquets, chest seals, bandages and other items they’ll require in each bleeding control station in their schools.

Related: Here’s What Texas Requires in the New State Mandated Bleeding Control Kits

The best location for bleeding control stations in a school

The new Texas bleeding control law says schools must place bleeding control stations in easily accessible areas of the campus. One place bleeding control stations can be placed in schools is alongside other emergency response items like automatic external defibrillators (AEDs).

The best placement for bleeding control kits in a school is going to depend on multiple factors, including:

  • The number of bleeding control kits available for the school
  • Specifics of the school’s standard response protocol (SRP)
  • Size and layout of the buildings

In the event of an incident where the school goes into lockdown mode, centrally located kits would be inaccessible to most of the school. 

Other options for placement of bleeding control kits in schools

Where to place bleeding control kits on a school campus is a decision the law has left up to the district school safety and security committees and charter school governing bodies. It’s worth considering the following as an ideal:

  • At least one kit in the front office
  • At least one kit for the school nurse
  • At least one for the school resource officer
  • Eight-pack stations in each hallway
  • Eight-pack stations in other locations like the gym, auditorium, band hall, cafeteria and football stadium
  • At least one kit in each classroom

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  1. Log into app.buyboard.com/login and search for contract 530-17 First Aid & Athletic Training Supplies and Equipment to view awarded items under this contract.
  2. Use the Request For Quote (RFQ) feature for competitive pricing from multiple vendors. When creating the RFQ, be sure to include all the items required by Texas law for bleeding control kits, as many kits do not include all the specified items.
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Bleeding control kits save lives

Bleeding control kits are not just for the grim reality of school shootings. Having trained staff, teachers, and students using the tools in a bleeding control kit can be the key to preventing tragedy in those critical first minutes before help arrives.

The kits equip bystanders with the tools and instructions necessary to save lives all sorts of emergencies—from car accidents and traumatic sports injuries to costly classroom or playground accidents.