WILBRAHAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Hundreds of school teachers gathered at Minnechaug Regional High School Monday morning to take part in the “Stop The Bleed” campaign.
“They’re relying on an ambulance to get there, and even though the ambulance is doing an amazing job, they may not get there fast enough,” said Matthew Sterling, of the Wilbraham-Hampden Fire Departments.
Stopping the bleed to save lives. “Stop the Bleed” is a nationwide campaign to empower bystanders and in this case, teachers and school officials to act as immediate responders and help save students lives.
The training teaches how to apply a tourniquet, the correct way to pack a wound, and how to apply pressure to stop the bleed.
“These are basic skills…. you don’t have to be a medical responder to understand how to save a life, Sterling said. “These are skills they can take outside the school and actually save lives including their own outside in the real world.”
Monday morning’s special “on-site” training was led by doctors and nurses from Baystate’s Trauma Services with assistance from paramedics from regional EMS Services.
Trauma doctor Tyler Putnam said when an emergency situation happens in the classroom, teachers are the immediate responders.
“First responders can be there in 5 or 10 minutes, immediate responders can be there in seconds,” Putnam said. “It’s a bystander, a civilian who is trained on how to control hemorrhage and save a life.”
“This can not only save the lives of our staff, but our students and it’s important to have this many people trained in our district for this life saving method,” Superintendent Albert Ganem said.
Stop the Bleed training will also be offered monthly at Baystate Medical Center.