recalled being warned decades ago, as Cub Scouts,
to “never apply a tourniquet” and were particularly
happy to learn that today’s tourniquets are safe and
can, indeed, save lives.
Warm reception leads to expansion
To date, seven training sessions have been offered in
Rochester, with 15 to 110 individuals trained at each
session. One to 10 volunteer trainers have assisted with
each of these programs, and they all have reported
finding the experience to be enjoyable and inspiring
and have asked to be included in future training sessions. A total of 12 wall-mounted bleeding control
stations, available at
bleedingcontrol.org, have been
purchased and installed. Additional stations will be
purchased as more funding is secured.
As anticipated, the response to the program from
participating volunteers and course attendees has been
uniformly positive (see sidebars, page 18 and this page).
Numerous teachers expressed heartfelt thanks and
admitted that they were previously uninformed or
intimidated by the subject of bleeding control but now
feel empowered to intervene. Some attendees have
requested that we run training sessions with other
organizations with which they are affiliated. Perhaps
the best example of how the program has been received
was its recent selection for the Elmer Louis Award, to
be presented by the Rochester Jewish Federation. This
award honors superior programming that has left a
lasting impact, is of great benefit to the community,
and has demonstrated proven achievement.
In addition, the program has been expanded, with
plans to run training sessions and to install hemorrhage control kits in all 19 Jewish organizations in
the greater Rochester area, including summer camps,
synagogues, and day care centers. Moreover, as interest
in this topic has grown, additional training sessions,
open to the entire Rochester community, are scheduled to take place at the JCC.
RESPONSE TO ROCHESTER’S
STOP THE BLEED TRAINING PROGRAM
Stop the Bleed
training class in
My experience with Stop the Bleed has been
very rewarding. It is great to teach people who
want to help their fellow man in the time of
need. I found people of all walks of life learning
first-aid techniques that can be unpleasant,
but [they also] see that sometimes we all need
to rise up and help in any way we can.
Todd Chennell, MS, ANP-C,
endocrine surgery, associate professor of nursing,
University of Rochester School of Nursing
Safety is a key element for us at the JCC. Educating
our staff and leadership on how to save lives by
taking specific actions to stop life-threatening
bleeding is a skill that we should all know how
to implement, but one we hope we never need
to use. Stop the Bleed puts us in a position to
try to save lives in an emergency situation.
Arnie Sohinki, executive director,
Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center, Rochester
It was such a privilege to be able to teach others
in the community practical and potentially
lifesaving skills. The beauty of Stop the Bleed is its
simplicity, ability to engage, and its effectiveness.
Candice Lee, MD, general surgery chief resident,
University of Rochester