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Learning life saving skills at High School West

May 16, 2023

Did you know May is national “Stop The Bleed” month?  

Today at High School West, South Shore hospital paramedic Raymond Smith conducted a presentation for all seniors to help address preventable death from trauma.

According to Mr. Smith, the number one cause of preventable death from trauma is bleeding to death. He shared tactics such as applying direct pressure to the wound and using a tourniquet to buy more time. “This is a life skill. You will take this for the rest of your life.” Smith told the students.

Smith added the average response time for an ambulance is eight minutes.

“Stop The Bleed” is a national program developed by the American College of Surgeons. Several students organized this presentation as part of their Civic capstone project in pursuit of the NYS Seal of Civic Readiness.

The Seal of Civic Readiness is a formal recognition that a student has attained a high level of proficiency in terms of civic knowledge, civic skills, civic mindset, and civic experiences.  

For more information on the "Stop The Bleed" campaign, click here.

student practicing using a tourniquet

instructor doing chest compressions

students watching

student practicing using a tourniquet

student practicing using a tourniquet