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McGuire Squadron cadets and senior members get Stop the Bleed training

posted Feb 19, 2020, 6:56 AM by William Petzinger   [ updated Feb 19, 2020, 6:57 AM ]

MCGUIRE AFB (Feb.17, 2020) -- McGuire Composite Squadron cadets and senior members are now trained to stop bleeding in an emergency situation after attending Cooper University Hospital’s Stop the Bleed: Bleeding-Control Training course. The course was part of the squadron’s Annual Safety Day program.

Eight EMS Outreach coordinators from Cooper University Health Care trained squadron members on recognizing life-threatening bleeding, how to intervene effectively, and how to control serious bleeding by applying a tourniquet and packing a wound.

Cadets and senior members were taught the ABCs of bleeding control which are Alert, Bleed and Control. The first step is always to Alert -- call for help, usually a 911 call. The second step is Bleed -- locate the source and determine severity. The third step is Control -- what the best steps are to stop the bleeding based on severity and location.

The instructors illustrated the importance of bleeding control using national averages for medical response time and survival time without treatment. On average, it takes an ambulance 8-10 minutes to get to an accident scene, while it only takes on average 3-5 minutes for a person to bleed out from a major injury.

The instructors emphasized to cadets and seniors that their goal is to stop the bleeding so the injured person is still alive when medical personnel arrive.

 Civil Air Patrol requires each squadron to host an annual Safety Day to give its members an opportunity to focus their thoughts on the use of risk management to prevent injury, protect resources and ensure the highest level of safety in all missions and activities.

 Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 61,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 26,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.