When a mass casualty incident takes place, many of those affected want to help out in any way they can. A new class being offered by employees of Trauma Services can teach anyone the techniques to stop severe bleeding until professional help arrives.
George McCraven, RN, and Jeanne Rehmann, RN, are leading the Renown effort to bring the Stop the Bleed course to fellow employees and the community. They are both nurse educators with Trauma Services and have been on the road teaching the course to groups who want to learn these important live-saving measures.
The free-of-charge class was brought to the Trauma Services team by Col. Martin Bain, MD, a trauma surgeon and surgical intensivist on Renown’s medical staff. The course was developed by the American College of Surgeons and the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians to teach the correct way to apply direct pressure or tourniquets to severely bleeding wounds. The two educators use a fully-stocked mobile kit – complete with simulated wounds – to show how to stop the bleeding if someone is injured in an emergency.
The two-hour class is being offered by McCraven and Rehmann by appointment to groups both in and outside of Renown. “We want to teach more employees, community groups, really anyone that would want to learn about this and help others in the community,” McCraven said. “We are available to schedule classes according to need.”
So far, the team has taught these techniques to nursing students at the University of Nevada, Reno; the Storey County Fire Department and members of various agencies in Susanville, Calif. There are also plans to teach Washoe County School District nurses and community organizations in Lovelock as part of a joint effort with REMSA.
For more information on Stop the Bleed and how to bring it to your team or group, call George McCraven, RN, at 982-4342.