TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - In the capitol Wednesday morning, it was all about learning how to save lives, and stopping the bleeding.
The Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons demonstrated to legislators and the public how to properly stop a bleeding wound. Those learning were encouraged to feel around inside the fake wounds and see just how deep they really are.
The hands on training also included learning how to properly pack a wound and place a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. All members of the community are encouraged to learn the skill.
“They’re out in the field just the same thing as you see with learning CPR saving people from heart attacks and get that early first treatment," said Patty Byers, the president of the Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. "If a person can put a tourniquet on someone who’s bleeding from an extremity, or put pressure on a bleeding wound, they can keep a patient alive until fire rescue or EMS can get there.”
The 'Stop the Bleed' event and demonstrations were formed due to the mass casualties the county has seen. It’s thought that many of those who have died from those incidents could have survived if their wounds were treated early and they the bleeding were stopped.