A new program has been announced by SUNY Cortland called Stop the Bleed. The program is designed to give bystanders the tools needed to make a difference in an emergency situation where someone is losing blood.
Loss of blood can kill a person within 5 minutes, according to a release by the college. The program provides free training, which is available for all university community members, and features over a dozen unique bleeding control kits throughout the college campus.
“During a traumatic bleeding incident, the actions that are taken in those first precious minutes are critical in the ‘chain-of-survival’” said Frank Cullen ’06, Emergency Manager for the University Police Department (UPD) in a news release by the college. “Nationwide, there are many instances of loss of life from bleeding that could have been prevented had there only been resources available.”
The kits include gloves, bleeding control dressing, a tourniquet, gauze dressing, trauma shears and a marker. The kits may be used by anyone present in an emergency to help mitigate a severe bleeding incident. They may be found in buildings near existing AED cabinets.
“I first had the idea of bringing the program to the campus after I had attended an event at another university and saw the kits in various buildings on that university’s campus,” Cullen said. “And while the program was developed from active shooter incidents, most kits are used more for noncriminal incidents such as accidents and workplace injuries.”