St. John’s College, a small liberal arts school located next to the State Capitol and the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, is empowering its safety staff to save lives with the award-winning Mobilize Rescue System. Dating back to 1696, the third oldest college in the country is now among the first to implement the new life-saving technology in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s Stop the Bleed and Until Help Arrives initiatives.
"We placed the Mobilize Rescue units in all our college vehicles, and gave all of our drivers the access codes to download the Mobilize Rescue app onto their cell phones,” said Bob Mueck, the Director of Public Safety at St. John’s College. "That way they can administer aid in an emergency even if they’re away from the college.”
The new technology provides ‘just-in-time’ training to help bystanders, with or without training, to walk through the steps necessary assess, manage, and monitor life-threatening medical emergencies like severe bleeding, cardiac arrest, seizures, and more. Since some medical emergencies can become fatal before the ambulance arrives, it’s critical that someone at the scene has access to the tools and knowledge necessary to keep a victim alive until the ambulance arrives.
"Training enough staff and faculty members to save lives is one of the biggest obstacles that schools face in preparing for medical emergencies,” said Guy Gioeli, Director of Training and Education at Mobilize Rescue Systems. "The Mobilize Rescue App eliminates that obstacle by providing a simple, effective means of putting life-saving knowledge into the hands of willing bystanders.”
Since studies have shown that the effectiveness of CPR/AED training decreases over time (92% of participants failed the hands-on skills exam one year after training), having an app with a ‘just-in-time’ refresher course provides a valuable fail-safe for educators working with students with unknown medical problems. This is why schools across the country are incorporating the Mobilize Rescue System into their Emergency Response Plans.
"It’s one more tool in our preparedness measures,” said Mueck. "Small campuses deserve protection too, and this is one more way we can provide service to our campus community.”