Thirteen members of the Smoky Hill High School Student Athlete Leadership Group got up early on the last Monday of their summer break to deliver trauma kits to all 61 schools in the Cherry Creek School District.
The trauma kits are used by school nurses when responding to emergency situations. They contain a standardized set of equipment as well as rescue medications – including epinephrine and albuterol – that supplement what schools already have on hand. They enable school nurses to immediately respond to a variety of serious or life-threatening situations including asthma and allergy attacks.
“Seconds count in situations like that,” said Suzanne Oro, director of Health Services for Cherry Creek Schools. “The evidence is overwhelming that outcomes are much better if care is administered right away.”
The students who delivered the kits say it was a worthwhile experience.
“It only takes a few hours of our time to potentially save someone’s life by making sure that the schools have these trauma bags,” student Ashley Stevenson said. She is a junior who plays field hockey and lacrosse.
“The district does so much for us, it’s important that we give back,” senior Andrew Kim, a soccer player, added.
“I think it’s important for young people to be active participants in their community and to use their time and talents to help others,” Oro said. “Some of them visited their old elementary schools and demonstrated what wonderful young people they’ve become.”
The trauma kits, which were initially funded and distributed in 2008 through an emergency preparedness grant, also contain a dozen “Standing Orders” or “Doctor’s Orders” directing care in specific situations.
“We’re very fortunate that the Cherry Creek School District is committed to the health and safety of our students and staff,” Oro said. She also pointed out that Cherry Creek is one of only a few districts in the state that has a school nurse in every school. “It’s an acknowledgement of the importance of a child’s health in their ability to learn.”
--Posted August 14, 2014.