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HHS students train to save a life

Students were separated into groups so that each person had a turn to practice stopping the bleed of a wound. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 5
Groshens demonstrates how to use a tourniquet on HHS school nurse Keri Cotton. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 5
Sam Brown, left, practices putting a tourniquet on Dylan Wagner. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 5
Milton Lindgren practices stuffing a wound with gauze to stop it from bleeding. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 5
Bandage in a bind Paulette Groshens, clinical director at HealthEast, explains to students what they will be doing for the Stop the Bleed training. The Stop the Bleed training was set up following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida in an effort to give students practical training in case of an emergency. For more on Stop the Bleed, go to (bold) Page A3. (/Bold) Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 5

Hastings High School sophomores were trained in how to save a life April 19 through the Stop the Bleed Training with HealthEast clinical director Paulette Groshens.

Students were trained in how to apply pressure to a wound and use a tourniquet.

According Groshens, a person can bleed out in six minutes, but it can take about 12-15 minutes for first-responders to arrive. That means a person who has been injured could bleed out before receiving any sort of medical attention.

The training helped students understand "that what you do first can really make a difference in saving someone's life," Groshens said.

After the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, several students at HHS were talking about protesting. Keri Cotton, school nurse, said she wanted to do something practical in response rather than student participation in a walk out.

Cotton said she started researching some programs to bring to the school when she saw Stop the Bleed. Coincidentally, Groshens happened to call Cotton at the same time to see if she would be interested in bringing the training to HHS.

Groshens had been conducting the training in different areas throughout the East metro. In Hastings, she started by training faculty members at the high school, but it didn't stop there.

"Hastings actually took it to the next level," Grosehens said.

She had typically been training teachers and adults, but in Hastings she was asked to also train the entire 10th grade Health class at HHS. Groshens said their desire to train the sophomore class shows the commitment the district has to not only the students, but also the community.

Michelle Wirth

Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.

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