On Wednesday, November 14, all Boardman High School Health Classes welcomed “Stop The Bleed” trainer, Amanda Lencyk. The Mercy Health Trauma Coordinator returned to Boardman to work with 9th graders in a hands-on program proven to save lives. Dozens of Boardman Staff members were trained in the program in September.
Stop the Bleed was created by Homeland Security after the Sandy Hook tragedy to provide education on how to prevent death from uncontrolled bleeding. A person can bleed to death in as little as 3 to 5 minutes. Bystanders can take simple steps to keep the injured person alive until professional help arrives. The “Stop the Bleed” training is designed to empower people with the knowledge and skills to make a difference in any emergency situation.
In September, Lencyk trained more than two dozen administrators and staff at Boardman High School. In the past year, Lencyk and her Mercy Health team has visited many valley schools to train staff free of charge. This is the first time she will teach students what to do in case of emergency.
“A simple household accident could injure a person’s artery and create an emergency situation where this training could make a life and death difference,” said Lencyk. “If our area ever experienced a mass casualty incident, the more people who are confident to step in and help, the better.”