Sports Medicine Students Learn How to ‘Stop the Bleed’

October 12, 2018

Two Career and Technical Education programs combined recently when teacher Bob Cuomo taught students how to “stop the bleed.” Cuomo, who teaches the EMT and Certified First Responder classes at PNW BOCES was a guest in Will Brightman’s Sports Medicine class. He told students how important it is to learn how to stop bleeding in an emergency situation, when precious seconds can be the difference between life and death. He then demonstrated techniques on stopping blood loss, which students practiced.
Cuomo told students how he, as an EMT, witnessed a case where it was too late for responders to save someone with a leg wound because they bled to death before the EMTs arrived. “If the loss of blood isn’t stopped or prevented before emergency teams can get there, and too much blood is lost, lives can be lost,” Cuomo said.
Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign to encourage people to become trained and equipped to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. The Office of Homeland Security website,, has information on courses to take.
Cuomo demonstrated two techniques—tourniquet application and applied-direct pressure with gauze placed deep inside the wound.  Students learned how to pull the tourniquet tight and how to stuff a wound with gauze and apply continuous pressure until emergency services arrive.
Colleen MacNeil, from Mahopac High School, said learning to help in an emergency situation is something everyone can learn to do. “Learning this could make a difference and save a life,” she said.
David Jackson, Croton, and Joseph Muratore, Mahopac, learn from teacher Bob Cuomo how to apply pressure to “stop the bleed.”