Durham College sets record for STOP THE BLEED® training

On May 12 and 13, Durham College (DC) partnered with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre’s Centre for Injury Prevention to set the record for the number of individuals trained on how to STOP THE BLEED® in Canada. Hosted in advance of National STOP THE BLEED® Day, held annually on May 19, over 200 members of the DC community were taught life-saving skills that can help stop quick bleeding injuries.

“The number one cause of death in trauma incidents is blood loss, which can sometimes be treated before medical help arrives, if you have the proper training,” says Thomas Bezruki, manager, Emergency Management, Office of Campus Safety. “By bringing STOP THE BLEED® to DC, the college is leading the way in campus safety and empowering members of our community with the skills they need to take action in the event of a trauma crisis.”

With multiple sessions held at the Whitby and Oshawa campuses, DC has become the first post-secondary school in Ontario and the second in Canada to offer the STOP THE BLEED® to employees and students. Further to educating the campus community on how to respond to fast-bleeding wounds, the college has recently installed 30 STOP THE BLEED® cabinets around the Oshawa and Whitby campuses. These easily-identifiable cabinets are equipped with the medical supplies needed in a blood-loss emergency and also emit an alarm when opened, alerting Campus Security immediately.

Those who missed the in-person training are welcome to visit the program website, which offers valuable information and online resources.

DC thanks participants for coming out to attend these highly informational sessions and for continuing to help make the college a safe place to be.