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DCH Trains Area Schools on How to ‘Stop the Bleed’ During Traumas


A person can bleed to death in five minutes from a traumatic injury. Bystanders’ actions to quickly stop the bleeding can save a life before professional emergency responders arrive. 

DCH is educating and training two local schools in the Stop the Bleed campaign. Lynn Morrison, trauma coordinator for DCH Regional Medical Center, along with other staff from Trauma Services and the Emergency Department, recently trained faculty members at Hillcrest High School and Flatwoods Elementary School. DCH has a relationship with both schools through the Adopt-A-School program.

The Stop the Bleed training can be applied to any person who has a traumatic injury, whether it’s from a gunshot or stabbing, hunting accident, motor vehicle crash, etc., Morrison said. “We encourage calling 911 ASAP, but it can take professional emergency responders anywhere from eight to 30 minutes to respond depending on the location of the emergency, such as rural areas.”

DCH provided Hillcrest with 16 Stop the Bleed kits and Flatwoods Elementary with eight kits. Each kit contains gauze, a tourniquet, a compression bandage, a marker and a pair of gloves. Trauma scissors also were added to the kits, thanks to a donation by the NorthStar/NorthFlight air medical ambulance provider.

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