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Posted on: August 31, 2017

Safety Coordinators Schooled in How to "Stop the Bleed"

Safety Coords in bleed training

Senior Risk Analyst Tim Billingham treated members of the City’s Safety Coordinator Program (SCP) to a literally life-saving presentation during the group’s quarterly meeting. SCP was developed to enhance safety awareness throughout each department and to share ideas and methods to improve safety. The focus of the graphic and interactive session was “Stop the Bleed, Save a Life” given by the Parkland Hospital Trauma Center staff.

There are currently 31 employees serving in the Safety Coordinator Program representing all city departments and divisions. These individuals are liaison for their coworkers and are responsible for sharing useful information about topics like seasonal safety advisories, bodily injury awareness, accident claims and others.

“My role is the group facilitator,” Tim says. “Any safety-related questions, problems or issues the safety coordinators may have, I work with them one-on-one or as group to find a solution. I also serve as an advocate for those who might be worried about talking to their supervisor about a safety issue or if they’ve talked to their supervisor and nothing has been done, I will step in on their behalf – if needed.”

The riveting “Stop the Bleed” presentation taught the simple things everyone should know about how to stop bleeding after an injury – the A BCs:

  • A – Alert; call 9-1-1
  • B – Bleeding; find the bleeding injury, the sources
  • C – Compress; apply pressure to stop the bleeding by:
    • Covering the wound and applying pressure with both hands
    • Using a tourniquet, or
    • Packing the wound gauze or clean cloth

The Parkland Trauma team first stressed the importance of ensuring your own safety before attempting to help someone else. Instructors also mentioned they should be prepared and have gloves and basic safety/bleeding control items handy in case of emergencies. In fact, Tim gave each coordinator a well-stocked kit to have on hand in their work area.

See photos of the training here. Find out who your department’s Safety Coordinator is for future reference.

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