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‘Stop the Bleed’: Educators are learning trauma medicine techniques in case of emergencies


PLEASANT HILL, Iowa (AP/Circa) - While the debate over arming teachers rages on, the reality of mass school shootings like the ones at Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook and, more recently, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has prompted some educators to arm themselves with knowledge.

Recently, teachers and administrators at Southeast Polk High School in central Iowa learned the basics of trauma medicine, namely, how to prevent a victim from bleeding out.

"Victims can quickly die from uncontrolled bleeding within five to 10 minutes."

The training is part of a nationwide program called "Stop the Bleed," which was specifically designed to train the average American in basic bleeding control techniques.

"Massive bleeding from any cause, but particularly from an active shooter or explosive event where a response is delayed can result in death," BleedingControl.org explains on its website. "Victims can quickly die from uncontrolled bleeding within five to 10 minutes."

That's why these teachers are learning to do everything from packing a gunshot wound to applying a tourniquet.

"It helps them for more comfortable with the idea they could do something if they are the first one at the scene when someone's bleeding," said Dr. Rick Sidwell, a trauma surgeon with Iowa Methodist Hospital who helped trained the educators.

Bleeding Control Techniques

The "Stop the Bleed" program was developed by a Connecticut doctor who treated victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in 2012.

Now, about 125,000 people nationwide have been trained in these life-saving techniques.

"People that we have trained have been the first ones at the scene," Sidwell said. " [There's] no question that this is helpful."

This school district has trained staff to carry guns for four years

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