Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Stop the Bleed

U.S. Wants Students to Learn Bleeding Control Methods for School Shootings:

In a nod to the sad reality that shootings at the nation’s schools are far too prevalent, the United States government will award a $1.8 million grant to create a program to teach high school students proper bleeding-control techniques.
The goal of the program, called School-Age Trauma Training, is “to enhance a bystander’s ability to take decisive, lifesaving action to assist victims with traumatic injuries,” according to the Department of Homeland Security, which posted notice of the grant online last month.
“Similar to how students learn health education and driver’s education, they must learn proper bleeding control techniques using commonly available materials,’’ according to the notice, “including how to use their hands, dressings and tourniquets.”
LOL. "Similar to health or driver's education?" I don't remember any part of driver's ed focusing on how to tie off tourniquets or perform emergency tracheotomies in case you're in a car wreck. And we damn sure never learned such things in health.

This is sick, beyond the level of depravity that allows an organization like this (below) to even exist with a straight face.
The Stop the Bleed campaign, a national campaign by the Department of Homeland Security, encourages bystanders to act before emergency medical workers arrive. Some groups have based similar trainings on the campaign or started their own.
More than 1,000 people have attended a program put together by Ujimaa Medics, a grass-roots organization in Chicago that hosts workshops for residents on “urban emergency first response,” according to its website. It notes that five gunshot victims have been helped by the organization’s trainers and that the organization has eight trainers younger than 18.
Cathy Wilson, the outreach and injury prevention coordinator at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said in an interview on Monday that she teaches at least one Stop the Bleed session a week. When she teaches high school students, she said, she mentions cases of active-shooter situations, but lets them know the training they get will be useful in everyday life. Learning bleeding control techniques is another useful tool, like CPR, she said.
"Stop the Bleed"... can you imagine? I wonder what the reaction would be if we started, say, "Stop the Free Fall," a campaign that says before you get on an airplane again, you have to take a course on first-aid and other life saving measures, "just in case the plane goes down." How many people would either A. choose never to fly again, or B. choose never to fly again? And why should we expect students not to have the same reaction?

They even mention the "education secretary" Betsy Devos in this article from Time and her brilliant response to the obvious re school shootings:
But some gun control advocates worry that training students on responding to gun violence is not enough of a solution, and they have called on the Trump Administration to pursue measures that prevent shootings in the first place. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is in charge of the Federal Commission on School Safety — established after the deadly Parkland shooting “to address school safety and the culture of violence.” But she has said the group won’t look into the role of guns in school shootings.
Of course not, because guns don't kill people, remember. And people with AR-15's and other semi and automatic weapons, they don't either, apparently. Not even the crazies. No, it's the failure of shell-shocked and hysterical students who can't "stop the bleeding" that are the real culprits here.

It really makes you wonder who's in charge of the nuthouse: the guns everywhere nuts, the spineless politicians they've bought over the years, or the poor students, who are now being asked to slide limb amputation right in between AP World and PE?

We should be ashamed of ourselves. As I've written previously, this isn't prevention, it's surrender.

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