Musings of a Beaverton Teen: How I Spent My Summer Vacation
by Lani Garcia (11th Grader)
It’s that time of the year again!
School is starting, and everyone is going to ask each other what they did over the summer.
While I spent my summer camping and hanging out with friends, I also spent time learning about something I’ve been very curious about and in the process, wound up learning how to save a life (and I’m not talking about CPR, although that’s important to know too).
Stop the Bleed
This summer I attended an OHSU workshop called Stop the Bleed dealing with blood control basics. Stop the Bleed is an awareness campaign aimed at training bystanders to help in an emergency before professional help arrives.
Dr. Martin A. Schreiber, who specializes in trauma surgery, surgical critical care, and had done tours as a surgeon in Afghanistan, was a more than qualified teacher.
We’ve all seen it in the movies. The main character has a life threatening blood gushing wound, so they tie a shirt or belt around it and call it good. Many people believe this works; however, I learned that it doesn’t. People of all ages should be learning proper techniques to deal with this issue. Why? Blood loss is the most preventable cause of trauma-related deaths.
The ABC’s of Bleeding Control
- A: Alert. Call 911 as soon as possible.
- B: Locate and assess the bleeding.
- C: Compress. This may include applying a tourniquet.
I won’t go into detail, but I strongly recommend you educate yourself on this. Whether you’re out driving and you see an accident, or you’re babysitting and something happens, you want to be prepared. It’s a good idea to have a tourniquet on hand, which you can buy online. By being properly equipped and trained you could save a life. I know it was worth 60 minutes of my summer learning all about it!
There are classes you can take, or you can just research it online (www.bleedingcontrol.org). Stop the Bleed’s goal is to educate the public and have bleeding control kits located next to every AED in the future.
Lani is a Junior at Beaverton High School. As a ZooTeen, she volunteers at the Oregon Zoo during the summer. She plays piano & guitar, and enjoyed doing dragon boats this past year.