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SAN ANTONIO (August 28, 2019) – On her first full-day as the newly elected representative of District 4, Councilwoman Dr. Adriana Rocha Garcia submitted her first City Council Consideration Request on June 20 asking for Stop the BleedÒ training courses to be offered to the Mayor and Council Offices and City of San Antonio Departments. The aim of this request is to prepare public servants and the members of the City of San Antonio organization to be prepared with the necessary bleeding control techniques training in case of a crisis, natural disaster or emergency situation. Today, the Governance Committee approved this request to move forward to the full City Council for consideration.
Stop the BleedÒ is a national awareness campaign with the goal of encouraging bystanders to become trained, equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. The origin of this initiative followed the active shooter tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary and in April 2013 the Joint Committee to Create a National Policy to Enhance Survivability from Intentional Mass Casualty and Active Shooter Events was convened by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in collaboration with the medical community and representatives from the federal government, the National Security Council, the U.S. military, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and governmental and nongovernmental emergency medical response organizations, among others.
During today’s Governance Committee, Councilmembers were presented with testimony from Dr. Ronald Stewart, Medical Director of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Trauma Programs Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care. He has served as the Board Chair of the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council since 1996 and is the Professor of Surgery and Anesthesia at UT Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Stewart was a founding member and the first Chair of the National Trauma Institute and formed part of the Governor’s Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Advisory Council from 2000 – 2014. His expertise on this topic and support for Stop the BleedÒ training courses demonstrate the willingness of our medical and professional community to develop and offer invaluable programs designed to save lives and minimize fatalities.
The hour-long course typically includes a formal presentation and hands-on practice of direct pressure application, wound packing, and use of a tourniquet. The program was developed for a nonmedical audience to address the needs of the immediate responder to control life-threatening bleeding until help arrives. Studies have shown that the help given by an immediate responder can often make the difference between life and death, even before professional rescuers arrive.
“I sincerely appreciate that this item was the first discussed at our Governance meeting today because it indicates our City leadership’s quick response to identify and implement ways to prepare for unexpected traumatic events rather than lament after the fact,” stated Councilwoman Rocha Garcia, “I hope other elected officials and members of our City will participate in this training and feel empowered to help others in case of an emergency.”
On August 26, the Mayor and Council Offices took part in a Stop the BleedÒ hands-on training led by Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) Staff with the support of the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC) and our City’s first responders. Earlier in July, STRAC also provided a training for departmental leadership, selected Human Resources personnel, and Safety Coordinators from the Department of Risk Management. Additional trainings are expected to be scheduled for other City of San Antonio employees and this training will form part of the City’s training catalog.