Stop the Bleed makes a stop at Tarleton

Mykel JonesMultimedia Journalist

Stop the Bleed will be in the Thompson Student Center on Saturday, Sept. 28.
Photo courtesy of Stephenville Fire Department.

The Stop the Bleed program is making a stop at Tarleton. The Stephenville Fire Department will teach students and staff how to help others in the need of an emergency on Sept. 28 in the Thompson Student Center from 9 am to 10:30 am.

“The course is designed to teach people simple treatment procedures for stopping any severe bleeding.  The course teaches the use of direct pressure, the application of tourniquets, and wound packing with hemostatic dressings,” Scott Brinkley, Stephenville Fire Department Captain and training coordinator, said. “The course was developed for a nonmedical audience to address the needs of the immediate responder to control life-threatening bleeding until help arrives.”

Brinkley, along with Firefighters/Paramedics Steve Jacobson and Gregg Schrumpf, will teach the course.

The program was created in response to a mass shooting.

“In April 2013, just a few months after the active shooter disaster at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, the Joint Committee to Create a National Policy to Enhance Survivability from Intentional Mass Casualty and Active Shooter Events was convened by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in collaboration with the medical community and representatives from the federal government, the National Security Council, the U.S. military, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and governmental and nongovernmental emergency medical response organizations, among others,” Brinkley stated. “The committee was formed under the leadership of trauma surgeon Lenworth M. Jacobs, Jr., MD, MPH, FACS, to create a protocol for national policy to enhance survivability from active shooter and intentional mass casualty events.”

The classes are held across the United States. The Stephenville Fire Department host one free class a month in various locations throughout the city. Information on the classes can be found on the Stephenville Fire Department Facebook page.

Brinkley emphasized the importance of the knowledge taught in this course.

“It is important for everyone to have this knowledge in the event that the need arises to help save someone’s life from a severe bleeding wound.  The course even teaches how to treat yourself if you are alone,” Brinkley said. “Research has shown that numerous lives have been saved with this knowledge and experts feel that more could have been saved if bystanders had been trained in Stop the Bleed and had been equipped with the simple Stop the Bleed Kits.”

For more information about Stop the Bleed, please see the website https://www.bleedingcontrol.org/

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