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Spartan staff learns how to "Stop the Bleed"

October 3, 2018
The Town Crier

Mercy Health Trauma Coordinator Amanda Lencyk spent two hours after school on Sept. 19 in the Boardman High School Library. That's where Lencyk explained the nationally recognized life saving training program called "Stop the Bleed." Her audience included the high school principal, assistant principals, and a wide range of teachers, and other staff members.

Stop the Bleed was created by Homeland Security to provide education on how to prevent death from uncontrolled bleeding. As fast as first responders are, a person can bleed to death in as little as three to five minutes. Bystanders can take simple steps to keep the injured person alive until professional help arrives. The "Stop the Bleed" training is designed to empower people with the knowledge and skills to make a difference in any emergency situation.

"A simple household accident could injure a person's artery and create an emergency situation where this training could make a life and death difference," said Lencyk. "If our area ever experienced a mass casualty incident, the more people who are confident to step in and help, the better."

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Asst. High School Principal Anne Bott practices tightening a tourniquet on high school nurse Lorraine Cullen's arm.

An hour of the program included hands-on practice with tourniquets, and learning how to apply dressing and use steady pressure to stop the bleeding. Boardman High School is now making plans to extend Stop the Bleed training to students in health classes at the high school.

 
 

 

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