Stop the Bleed


AVOCA, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Geisinger Health System put on some life saving training today.  A word of warning, all the blood you are about to see if fake, but some viewers may find the images disturbing.

The training took place at Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport.  Organizers say personell, like security guards, may be the first on the scene of an incident where someone is badly bleeding.

Officials say getting the bleeding contained can buy enough time for more highly trained responders to arrive, giving the victim a better chance at surviving.

“Two or three minutes someone can bleed out.  Applying direct pressure and getting that tourniquet on there is key to saving a life,” says First Responder Patrick McGowan.

“These are the only guys that make my job possible, without them doing the right thing in the field, makes my job impossible,” says Dr. Brian Frank of Trauma Surgeon Geisinger CMC.

The training is part of a national movement called “Stop the Bleed”.  It came into existence after the mass shooting at a school in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

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