Potentially lifesaving training offered for free by ProMedica

Potentially lifesaving training offered for free by ProMedica

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - If someone were to be stabbed or even shot in front of you, would you know what to do to help them?

A free class is being offered by ProMedica to teach regular people what to do in a trauma situation.

The Ohio Emergency Management Agency is promoting National Preparedness Month for September.

Coinciding with national events, the theme this week is to learn life-saving skills.

On Wednesday in Michigan, a 16-year-old student at Warren Fitzgerald High School died after being stabbed at school this morning.

That school was then placed on lockdown until students were dismissed around 10:30. Police say a 17 year-old girl is now in custody for the stabbing death.

Typically we think of that as first aid or CPR training, which are important.

There is a new type of training now being offered as well, called "Stop the Bleed."

Bethany Chapman, Registered Nurse and Director of Trauma Services at Toledo ProMedica Hospital brought the program to our area.

It started in 2015 in the wake of increased violence in our schools.

"It was deemed necessary as the victims of Columbine all died from exsanguination, they bled to death because first responders were unable to clear the scene and get to the victims in a timely manner," Chapman explained. "Sandy Hook was a very similar situation. Every one of those victims died from bleeding to death except for one, which was the shooter, shot himself in the head and committed suicide after he was done shooting."

Schools are signing up for this free program on their own as an add-on to their ALICE active shooter trainings.

"I have completed teaching to all of Maumee City staff. We've done Sylvania schools and we are about 75% done with the Toledo Public school district. We've done the lecture and the hands-on training, and we've also left the Stop the Bleed kits for the schools to use. We leave one by every AED that's located in the school," said Chapman.

You don't have to be a part of a school to get this hands-on training. The program was first taught to fire departments before local school systems hears about the training and registered their employees to take part and get educated. The sky is the limit with who can learn these skills.

"Stop the Bleed" is a training that is especially important any place that people gather, including large venues, shopping areas, and theaters, just to name a few places.

Chapman and her team of 25 people teach these lifesaving skills to anyone, up to groups of 500 people at a time, and provide limited supplies.

With current funding there are only so many Stop the Bleed kits available, so they are not yet being supplied to places some would consider important, like school busses. The hope is with the growth of this program, that will eventually change.

"No group is too small. I'll do one-on-one if someone needs it. Just to get the word out," Chapman said.

To sign up, you can contact Bethany directly at Bethany.Chapman@ProMedica.org or 419-291-5860.

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