You can Stop the Bleed

By: Ava Mrozik

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y.- The national awareness campaign, Stop the Bleed, offers training for students, faculty or anyone interested. This training focuses on not only gunshot wounds, but any injury that involves external and profuse bleeding. The training will be held on Nov. 7 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

The training includes a presentation followed by a hands-on experience with a collection of first aid equipment to practice with. The training also includes specifics on what situations to use certain first aid equipment, and provides a chance to practice packing a fake wound. These possible situations can include but are not limited to car accidents, explosives and stabbings.

“So many people don’t realize that in our area, these things happen,” said Terri Mannarino, Niagara County Project Coordinator and a member of the Border Community SERVICE staff. She shared her position as well as her goal regarding this Stop the Bleed campaign. She explained the possibilities of people being trapped and unprepared in their homes from blizzards or the people who have to leave their homes due to hurricanes, tornadoes or other weather-related disasters.

“If more people are trained – just like people knowing what they need to have in their own homes for a couple days – that’s the piece that I do in my work, is that emergency for preparedness,” she explained.

The Stop the Bleed training is organized for adults; however, there are programs offered for children also. For instance, many Boy Scouts are provided with first aid programs. For about 10 years, there used to be a program located on the Niagara University campus which provided first aid training for young Scouts. The importance of training children is to teach them how their assistance can save their parents, their teachers, their grandparents or any other family members and even their own lives.

“Hopefully, you’ll never need this information, but it doesn’t hurt for everybody to have it,” Mannarino said.

Email Terri Mannarino (tmannarino@niagara.edu) to sign up for the Stop the Bleed training held here at NU on Nov. 7.

Visit bleedingcontrol.org for more information on preparedness and training.

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