St. Louis County, MO (KTRS) School nurses in the Parkway School District are learning how to be better prepared in the event of a mass casualty incident.
On Monday, the district’s 35 school nurses attended the School Emergency Training Triage program. The purpose of this training is to provide these school nurses with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively respond to crisis situations such as a natural disaster or a school shooting.
Robin Wallin, the district’s director of Health Services, says this training strengthens further the procedures the district already has in place, “What the school nurses are learning is something called primary triage and it’s a way to sort victims in a mass casualty event so that we can respond to the most people with the most effectiveness.”
Sarah Doll, the school nurse at Parkway West Middle School, said this training has even more importance in light of the tragedy last week in Las Vegas.
“We are seeing these mass casualties more than we ever have in the past and it’s something that we all need to be aware so we have a better understanding on how to deal with it in the event if it does happen.” Doll explained.
Catherine Park, a school nurse at Oakbrook Elementary School, calls this training program “phenomenal.”
“We never really came together of this magnitude in our district to get training like this, so I’m getting a lot of good ideas to bring back to my own school.” Park said.
This training program is through the National Association Of School Nurses.