CCEMS Tactical Medics provided bleeding control training for all of the nurses of the Tomball Independent School District (ISD). Today, (January 8) was an in-service day for Tomball ISD staff as students enjoyed the last day of winter break.
The nurses learned how to apply modern manufactured tourniquets to themselves and others, how to pack a wound, and how to train other employees in their respective schools making them a force multiplier in the effort to reduce preventable trauma deaths. While the national Stop The Bleed effort was developed to help save more lives in the event of a mass shooting, the school nurses are more likely to use their new skills treating something like a broken bone that has sliced into an artery.
The class was taught by CCEMS Special Operations Supervisor Bobby Sellers. He was assisted in break-out sessions by CCEMS Tactical Medics Eric Barnes, Mike Brown and Matt Tomlinson.
Recently, CCEMS taught nurses at Spring ISD. CCEMS has also taught Klein ISD’s nurses, coaches, police officers and school leadership teams. CCEMS Tactical Medics have provided similar training to several other school districts including Cy-Fair ISD and New Caney ISD. CCEMS assisted with training at Houston ISD and Katy ISD.
Before the national Stop The Bleed effort was even started, CCEMS was already training the fire departments within our 177 square miles coverage area and police officers from all over the region. CCEMS has taught every police cadet class coming out of U of H Downtown since 2012. The idea is that whoever arrives on the scene first can control the bleeding by applying tourniquets and packing the wounds.
Since a person with a seriously comprised artery can bleed out and die in as little as three minutes, controlling the bleeding until Cypress Creek EMS arrives is critical. CCEMS is one of only two EMS systems in the country that can actually replace blood in the field. We carry WHOLE BLOOD 24/7/365. The only other agency that does this is ESD 48 Fire/EMS in the Katy area. CCEMS and ESD 48 are partners in the same program with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.