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"Stop the Bleed" offered interactive training course

by Brianna Bush - Lifestyles Editor
Fri, Nov 30th 2018 02:50 pm

The Student Social Work Organization introduced “Stop the Bleed Campaign” on Tuesday, Nov. 20 in the Seymour College Union Ballroom.

This event was an interactive way for students to learn how to handle medical traumas. “Stopping the Bleed” wasn’t the only treatment the event covered, the crash course also taught participants how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

The event started off with a demonstration on what to do during a medical emergency. The ballroom was set up with chairs facing the stage, allowing attendees to view the the powerpoint set up to follow along with what the speaker was saying.

The course covered step by step procedures to handle a physical trauma. For instance, identifying someone with an injury nearby, what they look like and what they’re in need of. The course gave helpful tips to keep a person alive until medical professionals can get to them.

According to the course, the first step is to identify if there is any bleeding. If yes, the location of the bleeding must also be identified. The course strongly reccommends if there is clothing in the way that prohibits locating the bleeding, they should be ripped or cut away. 

After locating the bleeding, people must identify how much blood is coming out. This can help decide what kind of treatment is needed for the wound, whether it be a tourniquet or just packing the wound with gauze.

The course also offered a lesson in the correct way to perform hands only CPR. To teach how to correctly perform CPR they used the using the song “Staying Alive” by Bee Gees. Using simple phrases like, “push hard and fast” helped people understand what to do when performing CPR. 

The course as well as any other health organization, such as the American Heart Association say it is fine to  push as hard as possible. It’s better to injure the person and have them live than to have them die because someone didn’t want to press harder.

This course not only had a slide show and a verbal presentation, but also demonstrations and workshops set up for attendees to actually learn how to place a tourniquet and how to properly pack a wound.

Before splitting the groups up, the instructor demonstrated the correct way to apply a tourniquet, putting emphasis for participants to remember the phrase “high and tight,” because it is better to have the person alive and in pain than bleeding out.

During each station, attendees were allowed to practice their techniques.

At the wound packing station, an emergecy medical technician (EMT) who taught the group how to properly pack a wound. There was a pork shoulder and man-made would simulator. The group took turns figuring out how to tackle each type of wound they were presented with.

If any of the group members struggled with what they were doing they were helped out by the EMT running the station. The purpose of the event was to help people understand how to properly address a medical trauma, so EMTs made sure everything was going smoothly.

At the tourniquet station, attendees were able to put a tourniquet on other participants as well as the EMTs who were working the station. The key for a tourniquet is to put it high and tight on a limb since the point of the tourniquet is to completely stop blood flow. A correctly placed tourniquet results in no pulse to the extremity, which can have beneficial results for a victim.

After everyone went through the stations the instructor had a game. To win the person had to place a tourniquet on an EMT the fastest, but it had to be done correctly. The winner received a tourniquet at the end, where the final five had to put the tourniquet on themselves with one hand.

The point of the event was to teach people how to prevent death from blood loss and to teach basic CPR.

It can not be stressed enough how important it is to know proper CPR, according to nyp.org, cardiac arrest is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Knowing how to perform CPR can end up saving someone’s life because every minute without CPR mortality increases by 10 percent.

Brockport Senior, Sarah Gorman, led the organization of this event. Gorman is an EMT for American Medical Response (AMR) as well as a Field Training Officer (FTO).

“This is the first time we have done this on campus,” Gorman said. “I would like to do more like this through AMR on campus once a semester.”

To find out more about future events, or if you have comments, concerns or questions contact Gorman at sgorm1@brockport.edu.


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