CNR Offers Stop the Bleed Program to Help Save Lives
May 2, 2019
It can take just minutes for someone to bleed to death from an accidental wound or injury from a mass casualty event. On April 28, CNR’s School of Nursing & Healthcare Professions (SNHP) and the Student Nurses Association (SNA) held a Stop the Bleed program to train students, healthcare providers, and community members in bleed control techniques that can help save lives. The CNR training, held in the Student Center, was an early kick-off to National Stop the Bleed Month in May that’s designated to bring increased awareness to this initiative.
“Massive bleeding from any cause, but particularly in a situation where a medical response is delayed, can result in death within just 5-10 minutes if bleeding is not stopped,” said Adrienne Wald, EdD, RN, assistant professor of nursing at CNR. “Similar to how the general public learns and performs CPR, it is important for the public to learn proper bleeding control techniques, including how to use their hands, dressings, and tourniquets.”
This fact was tragically apparent during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing when so many spectators suffered severe bleeding injuries and needed urgent assistance – a situation Wald witnessed first-hand as a member of the Marathon’s volunteer medical team that year. “Unfortunately, since then, the number of shooting events at schools and other public venues have only increased,” she said. “And we’re determined to make sure that the community is prepared to respond to a bleeding emergency if needed. Simply put, if we do not stop the bleeding, the person dies. While we hope people never have to use it, we want everyone to be trained and empowered to act."
More than 100 students, faculty, and staff attended the one-day training at CNR that included three sessions led by SNHP faculty Wald, Kathleen Reilly, and Susanna Killourhy. EMTs Sean Conway SNHP’19, Jason Tremper, and Matt Molinaro, who is also an assistant fire chief in Ulster County, rounded out the roster of instructors who gave presentations and led hands-on practice of direct pressure application, wound packing, and use of a tourniquet.
Nyssamae Garcia SNHP’19, SNA president and an organizer of the event, attended with fellow members of the women’s volleyball team. “I was honored to coordinate the Stop the Bleed event along with the SNA faculty advisors and the EMTs,” she said. “I believe these are skills we must have as individuals and as a community that can be taught to our friends and families. I’m glad to see communities and professionals coming together to promote our public health and safety by providing this training.”
Gensis Soto Ruiz SAS’22 remarked that Stop the Bleed was eye opening with regard to mass casualty events that could happen. “It really helped me to be prepared for any of these situations. I got a hands-on lesson on how to intervene to stop the bleeding.”
Athletic Director Alyssa Kaufman also attended with the volleyball team. “This was a great experience,” she said. “The team really enjoyed the session and learned a lot.”
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