Unique "Stop the Bleed" Course Offers Lifesaving Techniques
A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, even before the arrival of emergency medical personnel. "Stop the Bleed," a national awareness campaign, aims to educate community first responders to administer life-saving aid that can prevent deaths due to trauma bleeding injuries. As part of this initiative, more than 20 young lifeguards and instructors from four Long Island sailing groups recently completed a trauma first aid course organized by NYU Winthrop's Level One Trauma Center Team. The course, led by Trauma Surgeon and Stop the Bleed Educator, Richard Bagdonas, MD, taught participants how to apply tourniquets, appropriate airway control techniques, and other strategies for controlling hemorrhage.
Plans for future educational sessions are underway. "Everyone should be prepared to perform basic hemorrhage control to help prevent deaths from blood loss. You never know when you could become a victim or bystander to a tragic bleeding injury or mass causality event," said Dr. Bagdonas.