Melina Panagakos- Gold Award Recipient
Chatham High School
Project Title: You Can Save Lives: How to respond and handle traumatic bleeding situations
For Melina's Girl Scout Gold Award, she chose to address the issue of the lack of emergency preparedness in situations where bleeding control is needed. Her project was designed to teach, empower and provide tools for an emergency situation. With the use of tourniquets, gauze, bandages, and direct pressure, bleeding is able to be lessened, if not stopped, to better the chances of survival.
Melina chose this community issue because of the rise of school shootings this country, and thought something should be done. Legislation for gun control has been pushed for, but it is a lengthy process and has been met with with resistance. Instead of waiting, Melina thought bringing bleeding control awareness to the community would help in giving people the ability to react and potentially save a life if an emergency situation ever came up. By educating teachers, students and the community, Melina hopes people feel ready to handle a traumatic bleeding situation, which is an important skill to have.
To carry out her project, Melina along with her project advisor, Tim Brown, held training sessions classes with the community as well as teachers and staff in the six Chatham schools. Classes included hands on practice with tourniquets and wound packing. Through donations, Melina was able to provide bleeding control kits to each school in Chatham.