Navicent Health Experts Conduct “Stop The Bleed” Training for Bibb Educators

July 27, 2017

On Wednesday, July 26 trauma care experts from Navicent Health conducted “Stop The Bleed” training for almost 300educators and administrators from Bibb County schools. In the coming months, physicians, nurses, emergency medical service (EMS) personnel and public health officials statewide hope to provide Stop The Bleed training to educators in more than 2,000 Georgia schools. The Bibb County School District is the first in the 23-county central Georgia region to receive the training.


Navicent Health physicians, working in conjunction with local first responders and clinicians, prepared course participants to provide basic trauma care in the event a student or coworker is injured. During three sessions at Central Georgia Technical College on Wednesday, trauma professionals – led by Navicent Health – instructed educators on the following topics:


  • Caregiver safety
  • Bleeding control techniques
  • Ongoing care of the injured person
  • Interacting with first responders


During hands-on exercises, participants learned to dress wounds, apply tourniquets, and utilize small trauma kits provided by the Georgia Trauma Commission.


“The skills learned in the Stop the Bleed training are a vital component in the school district’s efforts to provide a safe learning environment for students, faculty and staff,” said David Gowan, Director of Safety and Security for the Bibb County School District.


Stop the Bleed is a national initiative of the American College of Surgeons and Hartford Consensus. The program provides bystanders of emergency situations with the expertise to stop life-threatening bleeding until first responders arrive. In February, the Georgia Trauma Commission requested funding to support the Stop the Bleed Campaign in Georgia’s public school system by providing each public school in the state with a bleeding control kit.


“Our goal is to provide life-saving education and equip our school classrooms, educators and school administrators with bleeding control kits, along with education and training to fully equip individuals with the necessary skills to save a life,” said Dennis W. Ashley, MD, Director of Trauma Services and Critical Care for MCNH.


Uncontrolled bleeding injuries can result from natural and manmade disasters and accidents. Severe bleeding may claim a life within minutes, potentially before first responders arrive on scene. Providing bystanders with knowledge of the steps to take to stop uncontrolled bleeding, and providing the public access to bleeding control kits, can save lives.


“Research has shown that bystanders with little or no medical training can heroically save a life if equipped with the right knowledge. This is seen in incidents where bystanders use CPR training or automatic defibrillators until help arrives. We firmly believe this program has the ability to help people save lives in the event of an emergency situation. We are privileged to partner with the Bibb County Board of Education and Central Georgia Technical College to offer this training day,” said Dr. Ashley.


The Medical Center, Navicent Health is one of only two nationally-verified Level I trauma center in the state.

About Navicent Health
Navicent Health was incorporated on November 17, 1994, as a nonprofit corporation whose primary purpose is to coordinate the Medical Center, Navicent Health and other affiliated entities in their mission of providing a comprehensive continuum of high quality, reasonably priced healthcare services to the region. Navicent Health has 830 beds for medical, surgical, rehabilitation and hospice purposes. The health system includes The Medical Center, Navicent Health, a nationally recognized tertiary teaching hospital; Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health, the region’s only dedicated pediatric hospital; Medical Center of Peach County, Navicent Health, a rural critical access hospital; Rehabilitation Hospital, Navicent Health, the region’s oldest and most experienced rehabilitation provider; Pine Pointe, Navicent Health, which provides palliative and hospice care in homes and in its facility; Carlyle Place, Navicent Health, the area’s first continuing care retirement community;  Navicent Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Navicent Health; as well as diagnostic and home care services. For more information, please visit