UConn to offer free ‘Stop the Bleed’ training

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The course will be offered to UConn students free of charge and is open to anyone no matter their level of training or experience. (Photo via DHS)

The course will be offered to UConn students free of charge and is open to anyone no matter their level of training or experience. (Photo via DHS)

University of Connecticut student organization UConn Rescue will be offering “Stop the Bleed” training again this semester to teach students the basics of stopping life threatening bleeding.

The course will be offered to UConn students free of charge and is open to anyone no matter their level of training or experience.

The two-hour class will be held on campus five times throughout the semester. Online registration for the course opened on Monday.

UConn Rescue President and Training Coordinator Justin Pedneault said that he wants all students to be aware of how important the training can be.

“The Stop the Bleed class is designed to empower a bystander without any medical knowledge to identify and stop life threatening bleeding,” Pedneault said. “The idea is to get the information to as many people as possible. Everyone and anyone should take it. It could be anyone in that airport, anyone at that school and I want as many people to know as possible.”

In addition to these courses being offered, UConn will be adding public access bleeding control kits and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to all university buildings on all campuses in the coming days.

Seventh-semester nursing major Carly Stewart said she appreciates that UConn offers this training and thinks it’s necessary for everyone to know how to save a life.

“It’s really great that UConn allows students to get training like this for free,” Stewart said. “I think everyone should know how to prevent life threatening bleeding because it could happen to anyone anywhere.”

The “Stop the Bleed” campaign was created by the Obama administration in 2015 with the goal of encouraging bystanders to become trained and equipped to help in an emergency situation. The program was launched in response to a trend of mass shootings in the United States

National Stop the Bleed Day takes place on March 31 and has been commemorated at UConn and around the country with free classes and events to increase awareness of life threatening bleeding.


Andrew Miano is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at andrew.miano@uconn.edu.

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