“Stop-the-Bleed”
Published by Laurie Pender on December 17, 2018
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Local students participate in Stop-the-Bleed EventStudents from South View, Jack Britt, Westover, Terry Sanford, and Cape Fear High Schools, along with students of the Teach Program from the Southern Regional Area Health Education Center (SR-AHEC) and their representative, Mrs. Tonya Burney all recently participated in an eye-opening Stop-the-Bleed Event at the Medical Simulation Training Center (MSTC) on Fort Bragg, NC. Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call-to-action. 

Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before the professional arrives (“Homeland Security”, 2018).  Five certified Stop the Bleed Instructors who are HOSA advisors, Mrs. Regina Smith, Mrs. Dawn Larson, Ms. Betsey Vera, Ms. Sandra Dibacco, and Mrs. Donna Allen along with two instructors from the MSTC, Mr. Benjamin Smith Jr. and Sergeant Ryan Wagener, hosted a thrilling eye-opening event where 43 students from their respective schools were trained in Stop-the-Bleed.

After a 45 minute PowerPoint presentation in the classroom and hands-on practice exercises conducted by the MSTC instructors in the field environment, students were surprised with a real-life scenario where they had to jump into action and stop the bleeding on simulated casualties that had amputations and bleeding wounds of the legs and arms. 

Once the students gathered themselves after the initial shock, they actually treated the casualties in the proper manner to save the simulated victims’ lives. This is indicative of what the training for “Stop-the-Bleed” offers all bystanders during any bleeding emergency. With their new skills in hand, many of the students are eager to share their knowledge and assist in hands-on training in getting their peers and school staff trained in Stop The Bleed. Also, the South View HOSA student organization would like to thank the SR-AHEC organization for donating $1000.00 toward supplies during the event. Congratulations to the students who participated and earned a certificate!  

Submitted by Regina Smith
Health Science Instructor and HOSA Advisor
South View High School

        

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