Students involved in the Health Academy through Spencer High School garnered the opportunity to complete, what Jeff, Clinical Instructor at Spencer Hospital, believes to be the first Blood Control Certification course taught in Iowa. The sponsors of the national training program, the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, released the training just last week, with the goal to train basic providers and non-medical people, also referred to as lay rescuers, how to develop life-saving skills through proper bleeding and hemorrhage control. “It is our belief that life-threatening hemorrhage control should become a life-skill that everyone learns, like tying your shoes,” said Jeff.
Throughout the nearly three-hour training, entitled, “Primary Principles of Immediate Response”, the students learned about the ABCs of bleeding control: “alert” someone by calling 9-1-1, locate the source of the “bleeding”, and apply “compression” to stop the bleeding. Following in-depth conversation about the different aspects of bleeding control, Instructor Jeff demonstrated different types and methods for applying tourniquets to stop bleeding, and students were then able to put their skills to test by applying tourniquets to their partners.
In some instances, students learned that tourniquets cannot be applied, and when necessary, wound packing and direct pressure is the appropriate treatment. Each student practiced packing a “wound” under the direction of the instructor to ensure proper procedures were followed.
Nearing the end of the training, Instructor Jeff showed students different types of bleeding control kits and shared some ideas for making homemade kits. He also emphasized that life-saving skills could be implemented without a fancy kit. He encouraged the students to improvise, if necessary, with the materials available at the site. The training ended with a review of the main points and procedures, and a reminder that every red blood cell counts.