STOP THE BLEED Instructors from Cypress Creek EMS and four HCA Gulf Coast Hospitals taught 85 health science students how to control severe bleeding in a two-hour class at Spring ISD’s Westfield High School. The training and drills were handled by members of the CCEMS Tactical Team and nurses from Houston Northwest Medical Center, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center, Conroe Regional Medical Center, and Tomball Regional Medical Center. The healthcare science students are in grades 10, 11, and 12 and are interested in medical careers.
This training session was the first in a series of classes for the public leading up to National Stop The Bleed Day, which is on March 31. During the last week of March, these classes are being held all over the country in an attempt to train as many people as possible how to use a modern combat application tourniquet (CAT) and how to control severe bleeding with wound packing and by applying pressure.
A person with a severe arterial injury can bleed out and die in as little as three minutes. If someone on the scene knows how to control bleeding, chances of surivial increase dramatically. It’s estimated that 20 to 30 percent of the trauma patients who die could be saved with earlier bleeding control intervention. For more information on National Stop The Bleed Classes being presented by CCEMS click here.
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