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On Tuesday, February 13 th  2018, Madonna Hall was transformed into a “trauma center” forStop the Bleed , a program presented by the WNY Chapter of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA).  Stop the Bleed was launched in 2015 by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to prepare individuals, including civilians, with the skills to respond to emergencies and disasters before EMS arrives in order to help save lives (https://www.dhs.gov/stopthebleed) . Dr. Denise Dunford, Professor of Nursing at D’Youville College and an ENA member for 30 years arranged for the presentation to be held on the DYC campus.

The evening began with a demonstration of portable trauma response units by Dr. Joseph Bart, medical director of Mobilize Rescue Systems ( www.mobilizeRescue.com) and an emergency physician with UBMD. Following Dr. Bart’s presentation, ENA chapter president Rosanne Mohney showed videos outlining proper care of bleeding wounds and application of combat tourniquets to reduce hemorrhage. Finally, ENA members moved to mock trauma stations where they demonstrated appropriate treatment of severe wounds and tourniquet application.

Upon successful mastery of all techniques, attendees received Stop the Bleed Basic Certification and are now able to “train” others in casualty response. Eight nursing students (7 graduate and 1 undergrad) joined ENA members for this program and received certification. For more information on the program, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIvl5qh-cGQ .

Submitted by Professor Denise Dunford, DNS, FNP-BC, APRN