Stop The Bleed Initiative Sets Nebraska City Training
NEBRASKA CITY – CHI Health St. Mary’s is helping to bring the national “Stop the Bleed Initiative” to Nebraska City schools.
Hospital officials say they are hoping to advance citizens’ skills and knowledge about stopping bleeding.
Nebraska City Paramedic Manager Andrew Snodgrass will be among trainers at the high school for the 10 a.m. workshop Wednesday.
Scott Brown, the trauma outreach coordinator for Creighton University Medical Center will lead the presentation. Dr. Daniel DeFreece and nurse supervisor Janet Teten will also participate.
Stop the Bleed was initiated by a federal interagency workgroup convened by the National Security Council Staff and TheWhite House.
“CHI Health St. Mary’s is pleased to be able to collaborate with the Trauma center at CUMC-Bergan Mercy and our local rescue squad and trauma center on this campaign,” DeFreece said. “We are also very fortunate that CHI Health has providing funding to help us train our community and buy kits that will be placed in our schools as well as other places in the community.”
Snodgrass said the 45- to 60-minute course uses a “common-sense approach” and teaches trainees not only how to use the official Stop the Bleed kits, but also how to use readily available items such as T-shirts and belts to help stopbleeding. The program is based off The Hartford Consensus and is a nationally recognized initiative supported by the American College of Surgeons.
Learning how to care for an injured family member, friend, or even a stranger isn’t difficult. Many basic first aid courses are available that emphasize current bleeding control techniques such as use of tourniquets and hemostatic dressings.
“Most of the same principles apply to stopping any bleed — major or minor,” Snodgrass said. “You put a bandage on thewound. Using a tourniquet is a little more involved, but is still relatively simple to use with some training.
“The important thing to remember is that in an emergency, it doesn’t have to be medical-grade gauze or a commercial tourniquet. If need be, you can use almost anything.”
The plan is to train teachers and staff at Nebraska City Public Schools, Lourdes Central Catholic and the Nebraska City Center for the Blind and Visually Handicapped. With summer vacation coming to an end, Snodgrass said kicking off theStop the Bleed training in schools seemed ideal.
“Nationally, there has been an increase in violence in schools and public places, so we feel that’s a big need,” Snodgrass said. “From there, we want to start educating other groups such as commercial industrial plants and civic groups, but our first big push is with the school districts.”
Teten, who has worked as an emergency-room nurse for more than 20 years, said she was immediately compelled to join the Stop the Bleed initiative.