Let me start this off by saying that I’m not a clinical employee. I work in the Marketing & Communications Department managing the digital communications for Community Medical Centers, so the closest that I get to the emergency room or a patient is when I’m there to help tell their story online.
|Thank you Dr. Lawrence Sue and Dr. Andrea Long
for leading the Stop the Bleed training!
If someone really needed quick medical attention - I am not your person. I can’t administer CPR. I could try giving someone the Heimlich maneuver, but it would be based off what I’ve seen on television and I’m not sure how reliable that is. And up until last week, if someone was losing a lot of blood from a wound, my help would’ve been minimal at best.
But in light of recent events in the world and wanting to have my own children someday, I realized that my job title wasn’t really an excuse to not know basic medical techniques. The world can be scary and unpredictable and I owed it to myself to take a little bit of control and educate myself on what I can do in an emergency.
My Experience At Stop The Bleed Training
When I found out that Community was offering free Stop the Bleed training courses to all of its employees, I signed up immediately and rallied a few of my colleagues to join as well. Who doesn’t enjoy a little team bonding while learning to save lives?
On the day of the class, I signed in, walked past the fake legs with stab wounds and gun shots, and made my way to the front of the class.
We learned about the signs of extreme blood loss, how to apply a tourniquet, and how to pack a wound. And yes, there were a few slides with a lot of blood - how could we REALLY know how to do it without seeing it done? Dr. Lawrence Sue warned us from the beginning that if we were faint of heart to just look away, standing up and fainting doesn’t help anyone.
After the PowerPoint presentation, we headed to the back of the room to start using what we just learned. Here are my most important takeaways from the hands-on portion of the class:
|My colleague Ashlie tourniquetting my arm.
"Who knew Stop the Bleed wasn't just for nurses
- Ashlie Graef, Communications Specialist
- Tourniquets are not going to feel good, but they’ll get the job done. You have to cut off the blood flow from getting to the injured arm or leg and that means it has to be very tight. However, it’s effective and worth it. The loss of a limb from a tourniquet is extremely rare, it’s more likely you’ll save their life.
- When packing a wound, don’t take pressure off the bleeding source. Dr. Andrea Long showed us an easy technique where you hold pressure on the wound with one hand, grab gauze and stuff the wound with the other, then switch hands so the hand that just put gauze down is now applying pressure.
- Use your body weight to apply pressure. Don’t try to squeeze or use your muscles. You’ll get tired and it won’t be as effective in stopping the bleed. Find a way where you can use your body weight and the power of gravity to hold pressure.
Looking back, all of the information Dr. Sue gave us seemed to make perfect sense and like something I should’ve known all along. The trouble is, if you’ve never been walked through this training, you probably wouldn’t think of it during the panic of an emergency.
I loved going through the training and encourage all of my fellow non-clinical Community colleagues to sign up for the upcoming free classes.
December 6, 2017
|"I feel a lot more informed on what to do so I
won't panic in an emergency!"
-Clare Silveira, Administrative Secretary
Community Plaza – Auditorium
4:00 – 5:00 pm
December 8, 2017
CRMC – Sequoia Room West
4:00 – 5:00 pm
5:30 – 6:30 pm
December 11, 2017
CCMC – Palm Room, MRCC
4:00 – 5:00 pm
December 18, 2017
FHSH – RiverPark A&B
4:00 – 5:00 pm
If you’re a non-Community employee reading this, don’t worry! We plan to add some public courses in 2018.
I sincerely want to thank Dr. Sue and Dr. Long for leading the Stop the Bleed training course. You helped me feel a little more prepared for a crisis and I’ll remember you if I ever have to use this training.
Now I’m inspired to go take CPR classes and more basic medical training courses. I hope to never need them, but I’ll be prepared if I do!
Here are some more photos from our training class:
|"This training course equipped me with the knowledge and confidence to be an effective first responder in a bleeding emergency."
- Jana Brewer, Communications Specialist
By Anna Gonzalez