SCF “Stop the Bleed” Put to the Test

(Bradenton, Fla., Nov. 29, 2018) — Days after State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) offered its “Stop the Bleed” classes in conjunction with Blake Medical Center and Manatee County Emergency Services, one of the class participants was able to help a badly bleeding woman who had been in a bicycle accident.

Heather Shehorn, coordinator, special academic programs at SCF, was walking with her daughters at Oscar Scherer State Park when they approached a small crowd gathered around a woman who had fallen from her bike. The woman had a significant wound that was bleeding “pretty badly,” Shehorn said.

Remembering lessons from the “Stop the Bleed” class, Shehorn grabbed a towel and sweatshirt so she could staunch the bleeding. She pushed the towel into the gaping wound and then applied pressure while instructing her 11-year-old daughter to call 911 and the park ranger. Shehorn talked to the woman about her medical history and how she was feeling as she applied pressure and waited for EMS and the park ranger to arrive.

“Because of the training I attended, I was able to help this woman in distress,” Shehorn said. “I will be forever grateful that I was able to jump in and help. She kept calling me her angel. I was just there at the right time.”

SCF joined with the American College of Surgeons and the Committee on Trauma to offer lifesaving classes on bleeding control to faculty, staff and students during the fall term. The American College of Surgeons, in response to the growing number and severity of mass shootings, developed the “Stop the Bleed” curriculum to train civilians on how to prevent someone from bleeding to death. According to the group’s research, uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of “preventable death” from trauma.

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