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Academy Medical Assisting Students Train in ‘Stop the Bleed’

Crisis Experts Visit to Teach Students


One student puts a tourniquet on another students leg   Students packs a wound while an instructor observes


The Medical Assisting students at the Academy at Milliken Tech recently received hands-on training for Stop the Bleed procedures. The lesson was co-taught by a representative each from the Suffolk County Police Department and the Stony Brook University Trauma Unit.


An instructor gives a 'Stop the Bleed' presentation to the class


Stop the Bleed is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security, national-awareness campaign and call-to-action. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in life-threatening, bleeding emergencies before professional help arrives.


Students learned about the history of the campaign, how and when to use their newly-acquired skills, watched a demonstration, and then engaged in firsthand practice. The class also became acquainted with the contents of the Stop the Bleed kits, which contain tourniquets and other life-saving items.


Working together and individually, students practiced properly applying tourniquets on themselves and on classmates. They also used a specialized medical gauze, which is included in the kits, on prosthetic limbs that bled artificial blood to learn how to properly pack deep, life-threatening wounds and save lives.


Academy Medical Assisting Teacher Deborah Leedham felt it was crucial for her students to be exposed to this campaign and learn these skills. “Knowing what to do in a crisis can mean the difference between saving a life or a tragedy,” she said. “My students are going to leave this program better prepared for these types of medical emergencies.”


The Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology, referred to as the Academy, is the Career and Technical Education Program of Eastern Suffolk BOCES and has locations in Bellport, Oakdale, and Riverhead. Milliken Tech is located on the Oakdale campus.