As part of a grant from NACCHO (National Association of County and City Health Officials), the Rensselaer County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) conducted a “STOP THE BLEED” Training for faculty and staff at Hoosick Falls Central School. Initiated as a national program to stem the loss of life by uncontrolled bleeding resulting from active shooter incidents and other traumatic injuries, “Stop the Bleed” training empowers the civilian population to intervene effectively in such situations. When EMS (Emergency Medical Services) is unable to treat victims of these incidents until the threat is neutralized, it is paramount that bystanders step up and learn to apply a commercial tourniquet or improvise one with resources on hand.
County EMS Physician, Heidi Cordi and MRC Coordinator, Sal Scecchitano conducted the one-hour session, assisted with the hands-on training by several MRC nurses. The grant allowed the MRC to equip each the school with a supply of high quality commercial tourniquets.
For more information about the “STOP THE BLEED” training contact Sal Scecchitano. Public Health Aide
Coordinator, Medical Reserve Corps. Rensselaer County at (518) 270-2633 or Sscecchitano@rensco.com.