Street Medics Austin held our first-ever community Stop the Bleed training at The North Door last Sunday, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with how it turned out. It was an incredible success, with around 20 people attending to learn critical skills that could help save a life, and becoming Stop The Bleed certified for free!
But, uhhh – it wasn’t all smooth sailing. We made one tiny little mistake: scheduling our training on the same day as the Austin marathon. Oops! Who knew so many people wanted to run 26.2 miles on a Sunday morning? 🤪
Despite the scheduling snafu, the training was a blast. We covered all the basics of Stop the Bleed, including how to recognize life-threatening bleeding, how to apply direct pressure, how to pack a wound, and how to use a tourniquet. Our participants were engaged and enthusiastic, and we had some great questions and discussion throughout the training.
We were also thrilled to see such a diverse group of attendees. We had people from all walks of life, from experienced medical professionals to concerned community members who just wanted to learn how to help in an emergency. It was truly inspiring to see so many people coming together to learn how to make a difference.
And, of course, we have to give a shoutout to our fantastic trainer, Katie Contreras from Come And Take It CPR., who led us through the training with skill and humor. We are so grateful to her for her time and expertise.
We’re thrilled to announce that all attendees have already received their certifications. We’re also excited to invite everyone who attended to join us as volunteers – you can sign up at http://www.streetmedicsaustin.org/volunteer and get involved with our vital work in the community.
In conclusion, our first community Stop the Bleed training was a huge success, even if we did have to compete with the Austin marathon. We’re so grateful to everyone who attended and made the event so special. Here’s to many more successful trainings to come!