By: Sarah Marble/Content Editor
How do you react in an emergency? What if you had to make a split second decision in order to save someone’s life? Are you ready?
In most cases, people know how to call out for help or dial 9-1-1, but the job of helping someone does not end there. While awaiting help, there are actions that a layperson can take that may make the difference between whether or not someone lives or dies. What if you had the knowledge to use those moments to save their life?
Stop the Bleed is a training course that informs and trains Americans of basic bleeding control techniques. This initiative is organized through the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the ACS Committee on Trauma, and the Hartford Consensus, and according to their website, the three organizations have trained 124,350 Americans and 133,113 people world wide, along with 31,492 instructors across the globe. Their goal is to educate and train every person the importance of bleeding control through diagrams, news, videos, and other resources. Resources are contributed by a variety of other private and nonprofit organizations they partner with.
In the middle of October students and faculty at Blue Ridge High School will have the opportunity to participate in the Stop the Bleed initiative. Becoming involved with this movement is another step that Blue Ridge is taking to improve the safety in the school district. Students, teachers, and faculty in the high school will have the opportunity to take the training course and learn the proper bleeding control techniques. Scheduling rotations will be set in place in the near future along with further information for students, teachers, and faculty regarding the training. If you are interested, be sure to be on the look out for training opportunities.
The training initiative will be led by Matthew Nebzydoski, Blue Ridge’s Principal of Curriculum and Instruction. This past summer Nebzydoski was trained to be a Stop the Bleed instructor which, according to Nebzydoski, allows him to train and educate students and faculty in the district.
While at the training, Nebzydoski purchased the The Z-Medica Hemorrhage Control Training Kit (with QuikClot Combat Gauze).
“This training kit is an essential way to teach students, teachers, and faculty the techniques of bleeding control with a hands on approach,” says Nebzydoski.
“Our hope is to make our students and staff as knowledgeable and safe as possible both inside of or out of school,” he says.
Not only is Blue Ridge participating in this movement, each classroom in the school will be receiving an emergency bag with latex gloves, a rubber tourniquet, compressed Dynarex Krinkle gauze, gauze pads, and band-aides. Along with this, life saving packs will be placed next to AEDs and easily accessible places around the School District. On October 5, 2018, during the teacher in service day, teachers have the opportunity to receive training to become CPR and AED training instructors. This training will allow teachers to teach students CPR and how to use an AED. During the second half of the school year students will be able to take a CPR and AED training course. Please stay tuned for more information to come.
As the Stop The Bleed initiative is making its way to the Blue Ridge School District, do you see yourself wanting to learn life saving techniques? If so, take advantage of a great opportunity to learn Stop The Bleed and the importance of bleeding control. Also, look into being part of the CPR and AED trainings coming in the near future. Educating yourself will give you the power and knowledge to make split second decisions that may help to save a person’s life.
To learn more about the Stop The Bleed initiative, visit www.bleedingcontrol.org.
Note from the editor:
The author participated in a Stop The Bleed training course at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton, PA in July, 2018. The course was offered to area hospitals’ junior volunteers. Marble says she is very passionate about the training course and wanted to introduce the initiative to the Blue Ridge School Board.
In a previous interview with Mr. Nebzydoski, for another article, she noticed a “Stop The Bleed” binder in his office and says she knew that for her next article she wanted to write about Stop The Bleed.
“I am very excited to see what impacts will come from the initiative, and the great knowledge students, teachers, and faculty will learn,” says Marble.
Sarah Marble is a first year journalism student. She is a heartfelt junior, who enjoys spending her time giving back to others through volunteer work in local hospitals, along with the American Red Cross. She values being involved in her community and school as an active leader through Susquehanna County 4-H, the New Milford Rotary, Student Council, and being a Class Officer. After graduating high school, she aspires to become a neonatal nurse and be a light to others as her nurses were for the first 52 days of her life.