OhioHealth Teaching Community Members to "Stop the Bleed"
After the devastating shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, a nationwide campaign with the American College of Surgeons created a course to educate and prepare communities for another mass casualty or crisis. Stop the Bleed is a free course launched by the White House and given to anyone in the community who would like to learn and practice how to save lives.
A system initiative at OhioHealth is involved in the Stop the Bleed program to teach the layperson what do to in the event of a life-threatening bleed. Teams from OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital and OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital hold classes and often target places where active shootings have occurred. This course welcomes anyone but is meant for individuals with very little medical knowledge, such as school teachers, members of a church, etc.
“I’m coming at it from the perspective of a mom with kids in school, and I want the teachers to be able to save my child’s life if they have to do that,” said Elizabeth Naber, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNRN, trauma education coordinator at Grant. “We are just trying to help other people save lives,” said Stacey Wickham, BSN, RN, CCRN, trauma outreach coordinator at Grant.
All you need is the basic knowledge taught in the course and a kit to control the bleeding, which can be self-made with supplies from the store. This course is important for communities because it can take as little as three minutes for someone to bleed out, and often times, help doesn’t get there in time. Every minute matters.
“A tourniquet will save a life, absolutely,” says Holly McKibben, CNP, Grant. “If they’ve already bled so much from an arm or a leg that their heart has stopped, we can’t save them because we can’t get the blood back in,” added Shay O’Mara, MD, OhioHealth system chief, Trauma and Acute Adult Care Surgery.
Dr. O’Mara says the goal is to take as many people as possible and change them from bystanders to caregivers.
Are you interested in learning how to Stop the Bleed? OhioHealth will be holding free community events on Saturday, March 31:
- Shelby, OH - Three two-hour sessions, beginning at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. The courses will be taught at The James W. Kehoe Center for Advanced Learning at North Central State College. Those interested may register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-stop-the-bleed-day-tickets-43033317812
- Columbus, OH - One two-hour session at 11 a.m. at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center's Hugenberger Auditorium. You can sign up by emailing Stacey.Wickham@ohiohealth.com or calling (614) 566.9808 to register.
Interested in Scheduling a Course for Your Organization?
If you are interested in scheduling a course for your group/organization, please contact:
- OhioHealth Grant Medical Center: Stacey.Wickham@ohiohealth.com
- OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital: Emily.Yang@ohiohealth.com
- OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital: Wendy.Gunder@ohiohealth.com
To learn more about Stop the Bleed, click here.