“Stop the Bleed” educates Marshall County educators on blood loss.


“Stop the Bleed” is a national training program educating medical professionals on preventing deaths from blood loss.
WVU Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Glen Dale hosted one of these hour long trainings this past week, armoring nurses from Marshall County schools with knowledge on how to handle one of these medical crises.

“Instead of sitting around an waiting for help to arrive, normal citizens can help before first responders arrive,” said David Soltesz, School Safety Director.
With these school nurses now certified trainers, the goal is that they’ll share the information.
“They’ll be able to train teachers and staff and cooks, bus drivers, custodians, everybody,” said Soltesz. 
The training is breaking down step by step how to nurse a bleeding wound based on body location.
They also demonstrated how to properly gauze and pack a wound and even how to use a tourniquet to compress the affected limb and stop the blood flow. This, being the last resort when facing a life threatening injury.
“The basic things are if it’s a small bleed, direct pressure. If its not stopped by direct pressure then the Stop the Bleed campaign says go straight to a tourniquet,” said Soltesz. 
“In the education world, we’re helping or helping co-employees. If you’re on the street, you’re helping save a life. It’s better to do it and just try to save a life than do nothing and somebody eventually loose their life, become majorly injured or loose a limb,” said Hannah Westfall, School Nurse. 
The county’s transportation department also received the training alongside additional ALICE training meaning all Marshall County School employees are now educated on how to alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate during an emergency.

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