JACKSON TWP.  Mercy Medical Center recently trained Jackson Local Schools’ teachers on a relatively new program called Stop the Bleed. The training consists of learning techniques to control the massive bleeding when someone has an injury from any cause such as an accident.

The training is helpful in particular situations such as active shooter or a bomb where there are multiple people with bleeding wounds. It trains people to respond to injuries while EMS is on its way or has been delayed.

Program coordinator Dave Morris is one of the instructors. He is a trauma certified Registered Nurse with Mercy Medical. Morris said anyone of any age can take the free training, which have been provided locally for more than two years.

"Nationwide, the program was introduced in 2015," Morris said. "It is a Mercy Medical outreach program geared towards training local school districts and other large groups such as churches, businesses and others on to stop massive bleeding. We have trained Girl and Boy Scout troops and several school districts including Jackson Local Schools."

On Oct. 5, Morris and his team of instructors partnered with the Jackson Township Fire Department to train 350 teachers at Jackson. Morris said they had previously trained fire fighters/paramedics at the Jackson Township Safety Center.

"It was a great collaboration with the Jackson fire department. After they received the training, they helped us train the teachers at the school. The district wanted them involved and it worked out for everyone," Morris said.

Morris said they are on track to train 900 people for the month of October alone and more than 1,500 by the end of the year. He said he hopes that Stop the Bleed will become as prolific as CPR training.

"One of the goals of the program is get bleeding control kits in public places just like the AEDs have been placed," Morris said. "Georgia is already requiring their school teachers to take the training. You never know when you will encounter a bleeding injury. It could happen inside one’s home, in a car accident or other situations."

Stop the Bleed was developed by The Hartford Consensus, The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, The Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care and the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. Morris said that after the 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook School in Connecticut, government and health care entities came together to find a way to improve the assistance in mass casualty situations.

"Their thinking is that if there are people trained to stop the bleeding on scene, they can help control the situation," Morris said.

There are three primary parts to the training that Morris said anyone can easily learn to do. Training consists of:

- Direct pressure and how to apply it

- Wound packing

- Tourniquet use

There is a lecture section first and then participants train on packing wounds using fake wounds and applying pressure and a tourniquet on fake legs.

Morris said they would like to have all school districts in the county trained by the end of 2019.

"It’s so easy to learn to control the bleeding," Morris said. "This is something I’m incredibly passionate about. I’d rate it a 10 on a one to 10 scale. You never know when you may encounter a situation where this training can be applied and help save a life," Morris said.

For those interested in getting the training for any size group or individually, contact Morris at 330-489-1000, ext. 3546.