Gates Chili Teachers Train for Emergency Situations Using New Technology

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Marcy Wing is a physical education teacher and soccer coach in the Gates Chili School District. It is possible that on any given day at work, she could have to help an injured child.

"I have first aid and CPR training, but this goes beyond that," said Wing.

Marcy and other Gates Chili teachers and staff members were trained on how to use Mobilize Rescue Systems on Thursday. The units cost $2,200, and have all the first aid supplies needed to treat someone in an emergency, including an app that teaches bystanders how to use them.

“Average EMS response time in the U.S. is about nine minutes,” said Mobilize President Jason Gotham. “We’re trying to bridge that gap between when a medical emergency occurs and EMS gets there. Most of the time people want to help, but they don't know how to help.” 

A bystander who responds to the emergency will open the unit that begins to ask questions about the patient. The Mobilize app directs treatment based on those answers, from tourniquets to glucose, to a chest seal or burn dressing.

And any concerns they are going to do more harm than good should be dismissed.

“The way we've designed the app is, it is best practice medicine based on the most current research available and we deliver in a best advice way,” said Seth Goldstein, Paramedic and Mobilize Director of Training. “What that means is, the app is going to help you figure out what the problem is and give you what we believe is the best course of action.”   

Gates Chili is the first school district to put the kits in every school building and every bus. Leaders say the $100,000 investment is well worth it.

“I feel so much more comfortable about responding to an emergency situation, no matter what it is, by using this unit and I just said, ‘we have to get it’,” said Gates Chili Superintendent Kimberle Ward.

Gates will be putting all the systems in place by next year. Some units will be up on the walls with the schools' AEDs and some will be mobile backpack units. Smaller kits will go on all the buses.

And the company that created it all in Pittsford hopes its products will soon be everywhere around the country helping save lives.

“We're not trying to replace the emergency medical system, we’re trying to enhance it," said Gotham.

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