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Niagara County Promoting Stop the Bleed Training to Empower Bystanders and Save Lives

Author: Jacquelyn Langdon/Wednesday, May 22, 2019/Categories: Health

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National Stop the Bleed Month (May) is a call to action to get trained and equipped to save lives. Niagara County Emergency Services and the Niagara County Department of Health (NCDOH) are working together with other partner agencies to provide Stop the Bleed training to save lives. “We are bolstering resiliency across Niagara County by empowering the general public to make a difference in a life-threatening emergency,” Director of Public Health Planning and Emergency Preparedness, Elise Pignatora stated. Stop the Bleed training was recently offered to staff in all divisions of the NCDOH. Emergency Services and the NCDOH have trainers as well as team up with other agencies such as fire departments, EMS and hospitals to provide additional trainers. “Our partners are essential to fulfilling our commitment to inform, educate, and empower the public regarding emergency bleeding control,” explained Public Health Director, Daniel J. Stapleton.

Approximately 40% of trauma-related deaths worldwide are due to bleeding or its consequences, establishing hemorrhage as the most common cause of preventable death in trauma. Uncontrolled bleeding can lead to death in less than five (5) minutes. “We encourage schools, churches and other agencies and organizations to welcome this training, to increase the number of trained persons in our community who can provide immediate frontline aid until first responders are able to take over care of an injured person,” explained Director of Emergency Services and Fire Coordinator, Jonathan Schultz. “Providing bystanders the skills and basic tools to stop uncontrolled bleeding in an emergency situation can save lives,” he added. Barker Senior High School recently hosted a two-day training for 176 students who learned to control bleeding. Oishei Children’s Hospital Trauma Injury Prevention Coordinator, Jeff Abbott conducted the training for Niagara County Emergency Services and the NCDOH. “(This is an) important and worthwhile life skill for our students,” stated Bill Bruning, Physical Education Teacher for Barker Senior High School.

You can be prepared to save a life in many situations, such as: instances when medical personnel are not on the scene of a car, hunting, or tree trimming accident, injury at work, mass casualty incident, etc. If you would like to schedule a Stop the Bleed training for your agency or organization, please call our Niagara County Department of Health and Emergency Services Stop the Bleed Coordinators: Francisco Meza Agüero at (716) 439-7436 or Dan Leven at (716) 438-3177. For more information about the Stop the Bleed national awareness campaign and call-to-action visit: https://www.dhs.gov/stopthebleed.

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