Seconds count during an emergency.
The American College of Surgeons designated Thursday as ‘Stop the Bleed Day,’ an educational training day to inform people what to do when causalities occur.
Through the efforts of Richlands Fire and Rescue, along with Clinch Valley Medical Center, three free classes were offered to the Richlands community to teach people how to provide treatment before EMS arrives.
“A patient can bleed to death between two to five minutes,” said Scott McCormack. “Usually, your average ambulance response time is between seven and ten, So, obviously there’s a gap there. We need to be able to buy more time for those patients in order for the ambulance to arrive. By applying these bleeding control techniques, you can buy them, four, five, six, sometimes even 10 minutes by stopping the bleeding immediately.”