Winchester Medical Center began offering blood loss prevention classes as part of the national “Stop the Bleed” campaign in August 2018.
Since their program started, there has been two major mass shootings in the United States: one in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the other in Thousand Oaks, California.
“I think they’re starting to see that these mass shootings are happening in smaller and smaller areas and as Winchester grows it just puts us at higher risk,” said registered nurse and Winchester Medical Center trauma program manager Lisa Wells.
Trauma surgeon Dr. Matthew Neal who responded to the Pittsburgh shooting said that over 37,000 local residents had prior stop the bleed training. Including the members of the Tree of Life synagogue.
“I think that this course, the ‘Stop the Bleed’ campaign in general, helps people to understand that anybody can be a lifesaver. Anybody can apply pressure. Anybody can apply a tourniquets,” said Winchester Medical Center trauma director Dr. Terral Goode.
Winchester Medical Center will be offering more Stop the Bleed courses starting in 2019. Their goal is to reach out local schools and as many community members as possible. Click here to learn how to stop severe bleeding in the case of an emergency.