Grand Island Senior High students learn how to ‘Stop the Bleed’

Grand Island Senior High students learn how to ‘Stop the Bleed’
Published: Mar. 21, 2022 at 10:02 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island Senior High students in the foundations of medical sciences course learned how to ‘stop the bleed’ Monday.

Nurses from CHI Health St. Francis and Chief Russ Blackburn of Grand Island Fire and Rescue facilitated the national course, Stop the Bleed, at GISH.

The program teaches people how they can intervene if they’re ever standing by in a situation where someone is badly injured and could bleed to death.

Jake Meyers, foundations of medical sciences teacher, helped get the program into his classroom. Meyers said he’s felt more confident knowing his students could assist in saving a life.

“It makes me feel good, it makes me feel comfortable,” he noted. “These kids, they’re going to learn a lot of these technical skills, you know, whether they’re going to continue into the health care field as some point in their lives or, you know, just simply in their everyday lives.”

During Stop the Bleed, GISH students were taught how to tell if someone’s life is at stake, as well as how to make a tourniquet out of cloth and apply it to a wound to help slow the bleed.

After learning life-saving procedures, GISH sophomore Elise Warner said felt more prepared if she was called to action to help out an injured person.

“I would definitely would be a little bit scared and probably panicked but, I definitely think I could at least attempt it and at least try and help them,” Warner said.

GISH students aren’t the only ones who had taken the course either. According to the stop the bleed website, more than 1.5 million others have gone through the program.

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