CCSO gets Stop the Bleed training in effort to save lives

Several local agencies partnered to provide emergency kits and training to local law enforcement in conjunction with Stop the Bleed month.

The local emergency medical services advisory board, Great Falls Fire Rescue and Benefis Trauma Services teamed up to train deputies and corrections officers at the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office.

The training focused on major injuries with serious blood loss and how to stop the bleeding to potentially save their own lives or the lives of others in the field.

“It’s a grassroots effort by the American College of Surgeons to save lives and get knowledge to bystanders,” said Lauri Jackson, Benefis’ trauma coordinator.

People can bleed to death within three to four minutes, Jackson said.

The American College of Surgeons launched the Stop the Bleed campaign after the shooting at Sandy Hook in 2012 and other tragedies in the following years. The campaign grew out of a meeting of law enforcement, the federal government and the medical community, known as the Hartford Consensus, to improve survivability from man-made or natural mass casualty events.

“The resulting injures from these events generally present with severe bleeding which, if left unattended, can result in death. The participants of the Hartford Consensus concluded that by providing first responders and civilian bystanders the skills and basic tools to stop uncontrolled bleeding in an emergency situation, lives would be saved,” according to the Stop the Bleed campaign.

Jackson said it’s a similar effort to the campaigns to teach CPR to responders and bystanders.

Jackson said the Central Montana Hospital Preparedness Coalition provided bleeding control kids to all deputies. Benefis, GFFR, Great Falls Emergency Services and the EMS board provided training on using and storing the items in the kit in mid-May at CCSO.

Dave Simpson is the local EMS system medical director and helped conduct the training.

The kits and training can help save lives, Simpson said, since it’s a big county and it can take time for help to arrive or to get to a medical facility.

The kits included tourniquets, quick clot, wound dressing and other necessary items.

Jackson said the training is designed for the general public and if local groups or individuals are interested in hosting a class, they can call her at 455-4458.

This month, the program training 40-50 deputies and corrections officers at CCSO.