WRENTHAM- On Tuesday State Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk) hosted another successful Stop the Bleed first aid course at King Philip Regional High School in Wrentham. The training session was attended by teachers, staff, and community leaders from Norfolk, Plainville, and Wrentham as well as from the King Philip School District at large. The training was provided by nurse practitioners and trauma surgeons from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital and was given as a part of Representative Dooley’s personal donation of bleeding control kits to each of the schools in the Norfolk, Plainville, Wrentham, Millis, and King Philip Regional School Districts.
Dooley has been at the forefront of advancing the national
“Stop the Bleed” movement in Massachusetts, which aims to
eliminate preventable deaths caused by uncontrolled bleeding
by equipping bystanders to act before first responders arrive.
The movement has coalesced around statistics from the
American College of Surgeons that show uncontrolled bleeding as the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States with 20% of those bleeding to death potentially being able to survive if timely care was administered. The College also points to the fact that after a basic one-hour training course, such as the ones Dooley has offered, 89% of laypersons can adequately perform the basic lifesaving first aid needed before the arrival of first responders.
As such, Dooley’s efforts have been headlined by his efforts to pass his Massachusetts Trauma Response Preparedness Act (H.1870), which would require all public buildings, not just schools, to carry the same bleeding control kits and trained users which can now be found throughout the schools in the area. The bill has gained momentum in recent weeks following a hearing before the Joint Committee on Public Health in which a coalition of healthcare professionals, public safety experts, and members of various school communities testified in support of the legislation.
“The simple truth of the matter is, by instituting this program, lives will be saved” said Dooley, who is also an on-call firefighter and EMT in Plainville and has had first-hand experience with the skills. “Whether it is from a car accident, a simple fall, a sports related injury, or a routine workplace accident, one never knows when these skills will be needed. To couple the training with the resources ensures the best possible outcome when that instance arises. I donated the kits and coordinated the trainings for the schools because I am a believer in their necessity, and I believe our success here will help demonstrate that this is easy and practical to deploy state wide.”
This past October, Dooley was honored by the American College of Surgeons as they presented him with the John Collins Warren Award due to his commitment to this initiative.