Stop the Bleed

Gina Taber, left, and Katherine McCarty practice putting a tourniquet on the arm of Belton Police Officer Garrett Weikel at the Stop the Bleed event. The training was held in partnership with the Central Texas Regional Advisory Council at the Pittenger Fine Arts Center in Belton on Monday October 8, 2018.

BELTON — Belton teachers and school nurses gathered Monday to learn how to Stop the Bleed.

Stop the Bleed is a nationwide campaign to train bystanders on how to help someone with an injury leading to blood loss while waiting for first responders to arrive. According to Stop the Bleed Texas, an injured person can bleed to death within five minutes.

The Belton Independent School District Stop the Bleed event was held at the Pittenger Fine Arts Center. Monday was a student holiday for BISD students.

There have been several Stop the Bleed training events at different Central Texas institutions. Organizer Christine Reeves of the Central Texas Regional Advisory Council said this was one of the larger group trainings in the area.

“We just started over the summer getting all of the school districts on board,” Reeves said.

Belton ISD’s high schools have supplies to help stop bleeding in cabinets by the campuses’ Automated External Defibrillators. Ginger Elliott, who works with special education students and coaches cheerleading at Belton High School, said the training was very informative.

“We learned how to pack wounds, we learned about tourniquets and we also learned different ways to pack a wound or stop bleeding if there was a catastrophic event that happened either at home or at work,” Elliott said.

Elliott said she feels more confident in her ability to handle a serious accident on campus after the training.

“I feel like the staff as a whole will be able to know what to do,” she said. “This training really helped us know what to do so there wouldn’t be as much panic (in a crisis).”