Stop The Bleed

Local business arms Columbiana County agency with tourniquet kits for emergencies

Family physician and Columbiana County Community Emergency Response Team member Kim Jackson (right) demonstrates how to apply a tourniquet to alleged victim and CERT manager Debra Moore during a recent presentation. (Photo by Stephanie Ujhelyi)

Everyday Americans need to be prepared to act in the event of an active shooter or mass casualty incident these days.

Recently Columbiana County has become the latest entity to train its citizenry to assist during a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

Debra Moore, program manager for the Columbiana County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), explained in her letter to Heritage Thermal Services. “A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes; therefore, it is always important to quickly stop the blood loss. Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide first care,” Moore said.

The county CERT received $3,000 from Heritage, which was used to purchase one advanced instructor kit; one z-medical hemorrage control training kit, which included an additional wound packing simulator model to allow more participants to important hands-on training during classes; and 12 individual advanced Stop The Bleed tournique kits for team use during deployment.

CERT demonstrated the newly acquired equipment last week during the East Liverpool Rotary meeting at the East Liverpool Country Club.

As Raymond Wayne of HTS introduced CERT members Tuesday afternoon, explaining “Emergency responders didn’t used to carry Narcan but now they have to,” adding that many also now carry tourniquet kits to utilize in emergencies like mass casualty events and natural disasters.

Moore said it is her vision that Stop The Bleed kits eventually will be mounted on walls like Automatic External Defibullators (AEDs) and fire extinguishers. “The mission is to keep the blood in the body,” she explained, adding that Good Samaritans in Ohio are protected.

Section 2305.23 of the Ohio Revised Code exempts almost all people who provide on-site care to victims of accidents, fires, explosions, near-drownings and natural disasters from malpractice suits outside a hospital, doctor’s office or other place having proper medical equipment.

Team members demonstrated proper use of the tourniquets to the group and explained the role of the 38 CERT members in emergency response. In addition to helping other companies if asked, the all-volunteer also assist with directing traffic and doing damage assessments if need be during incidents.

“We teach you how to take care of yourselves and your families,” Moore said.

For more information about Columbiana County CERT, contact 330-420-1020 or visit their website at www.colcocert.org.