Stop the Bleed will help the City of Edwardsville train residents to prevent serious bleeding in the event of an accident.
Edwardsville firefighter Derek Huber said the city wants to have ways to stop bleeding in the event of accidents in the city.
Huber said he thought about the accidents at work and the farming communities of Edwardsville. He said the aim was to stop bleeding and have a faster reaction to severe bleeding.
“We know accidents on the job happen, and we have a strong farming community where accidents can happen too. The training is easy to follow and the program is free for all residents,” said Huber.
Huber said he even took one of the courses offered himself.
“I took a level one trauma course three or four years ago with Stop the Bleed,” Huber said.
Huber said there was an original version of the formation which has since been slightly updated.
“The updated version prepares you for home terror, power tool accidents, and even school shootings,” Huber said.
Stop the Bleed program manager Jimm Dodd said he had a dual role with the organization.
Dodd said Stop the Bleed allowed instructors to go out and train to do what they needed to do when connecting with Edwardsville. He said people will have the training to have the ability to save someone’s life.
“We know that the leading cause of death after injury is due to trauma and haemorrhage. So we want to give people the tools to save someone’s life if they’re bleeding,” Dodd said.
“I look after the inventory relief program, the emergency medical services committee, and our disaster committee at the American College of Surgeons,” Dodd said.
Dodd said the organization pursues training on severe bleeding before professional medical responders arrive.
“The main goal is to train everyone in these steps necessary to respond and be an immediate responder,” Dodd said.
Dodd said the organization has been training for nearly six years, after former President Barack Obama was responsible for using its presidential implementation due to the Sandy Hook incident. He said Stop the Bleed was influenced by the war in Afghanistan and Iraq after seeing types of injuries they weren’t prepared to deal with.
“People were losing their extremities and we started giving tourniquets to servicemen who needed surgery,” Dodd said.
Dodd said that by using the new techniques they have significantly reduced deaths from uncontrolled bleeding. He said the training is not age dependent and they have trained children as young as five years ago.
“The organization is global and operates in 134 different countries with certified instructors,” Dodd said.
Currently, the organization supports Ukraine by providing Stop the Bleed training materials to Ukrainian citizens.
To learn more about Stop the Bleed in advocacy, background and success stories, you can visit their website.
Residents can call (618) 692-7540 if they wish to attend Stop the Bleed training in Edwardsville.