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Our New Jersey Schools and Public Safety Agencies have always led in school safety. Their actions are something we are all proud of.

With more mass shootings over the last several years, recent data shows that 20% of fatalities may have been avoided* if wound care had come sooner.

Our schools and public safety agencies can use this new data to continue leading the nation by considering additional recommendations.

Our recommendations are simple.

  1. Recommend immediate point-of-wound care training to school staff.
    (For those who say it’s not an educator’s job, please read our plea on the “To Our Educators” page.)
  2. Recommend point-of-wound care kits throughout the school.
  3. Recommend point-of-wound care kits in every patrol car.
  4. Recommend public safety agencies codify rapid extraction protocols to definitive medical care if emergency medical care is delayed and life is being jeopardized.
As a not-for-profit, we will even help you get the necessary funding!
Our children and school staff deserve nothing less!

New Jersey has been at the forefront of best practices for school security programs. And to remain leaders, there is a need for new recommendations to help save lives in the crucial moments after a shooting.

From January through mid-September 2023 alone, 30 more school shootings with injuries or deaths have occurred.** Fifty-three percent of 2022 school shootings occurred in towns with populations under 100,000. New Jersey has 564 municipalities, and most have populations under 100,000. As a result, no parent can feel their child is fully protected. This is our unfortunate reality.

Many smaller towns would be fortunate to have three officers on patrol and two-weekday volunteer first aid providers on call. Most municipalities do not have the resources or personnel to handle a mass trauma incident aftermath effectively. Bleed-out time can be less than 4 minutes. All bleeding victims need immediate wound care. FAST!

With research showing that nearly 20% of the victims who die in mass shootings might have been saved* we can take action! Having the skills and tools to provide immediate point-of-wound care and, if required, rapid extraction from the scene to a definitive medical facility might save lives after a school shooting.

Hence, New Jersey can continue to lead by adapting the SURVIVAL+ for Schools™ Program recommendations BEFORE the next school tragedy occurs.

* Smith ER, et al. Incidence and Cause of Potentially Preventable Death after Civilian Public Mass Shooting in the US. J Am Coll Surg 2019 Sept;229(3):244-251.

** Education Week 2023 School Shooting Tracker Sept. 13, 2023

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