Like the Song Says… How to Save a Life

As it had been made clear, there is a severe lack is basic medical knowledge within Longwood University students. This is a problem because accidents and emergencies happen all the time, especially on college campuses. Longwood is no exception: major events like Oktoberfest and Spring Weekend are breeding grounds for a variety of medical emergencies to happen. The solution is simple; Longwood students need to be prepared for the medical emergencies that are most likely to occur on campus. This training would be best taught at the beginning of every year during New Lancer Days. All freshmen will be required to attend the seminar where basic bleeding control, CPR compressions, and treatment of alcohol poisoning will be taught.

The first step is to figure out when during New Lancer Days will this seminar be taught. Training would take approximately two hours to complete and will be interactive. The best time to include this training would be during the seminar “Lancer Safety” given by Chief Bob Beach. Information can be combined and integrated so that students can learn how to be safe on campus and how to help other students. It would add another hour to the seminar, but it would be beneficial for students. By adding it to another seminar that has already been worked into the schedule, there won’t be any major changes that will need to occur.

The second step is to specifically define what would be included in the training seminar. Bleeding control would include how to identify the different types of wounds and how to apply direct pressure to the wound itself. Instead of making students sit through an entire CPR certification meeting, students would instead be taught how to properly administer chest compressions to a patient who is suffering from a heart problem. Compressions have become much more important in the CRP chain because circulating the blood within a body is more life sustaining than breathing for the patient. As for alcohol poising, students will be taught how to deal with others who are vomiting because of the amount of alcohol they have ingested. Simply strap a book bag filled with clothes or jackets to the person’s back and make it tight enough so they cannot get out of it. Put the individual on their side in the shower or bathroom floor and leave them be. By placing the victim on their side, they will not breathe in their own vomit and suffocate on it. The book bag makes it impossible for that person to roll over. These simple techniques can help people, and make treatment easier for EMS professionals when they arrive on scene. It will be important to stress that 911 still needs to be called, but by training bystanders to act when an emergency first happens, the situation will become under control much faster.

This poster gives directions on how to help someone who is the victim of alcohol poisoning

The third step will be measuring the success of the program. This will be the most difficult part of the program because success would mean that students respond in the case of an emergency. This information can be gathered through interviews or surveys. While the 911 call rate should not change drastically, there may be less calls to accidental overdosing or vomiting due to alcohol poisoning. What would be important to remember is that this seminar is not meant to be and EMT class. This training is meant to simply begin the proper treatment that needs to be administered to a victim on an emergency. This training seminar will not only make Longwood a safer place, it will also overflow into every town, city, and county that Longwood students call home.

7 thoughts on “Like the Song Says… How to Save a Life

  1. Very well done, Kathleen!
    I’m glad you found where this can be integrated into New Lancer Days, this makes complete sense. It’s crazy that such vital skills can be taught in just one hour. Many of Longwood’s own faculty teach First Aid classes for pre-service teachers, and it seems very likely that one of those individuals could volunteer an hour or other professionals. So I can’t see any resistance about finding an instructor.

    As far as the resistance from people unwilling to learn, I feel like they could be silenced when the person teaching stresses its importance. Some of those New Lancers will be our future RAs and desk aides that really should know signs of alcohol poisoning. Others will be future nurses, teachers, and other professions that will encounter injuries of some sort. Plus, as you pointed out, Spring Weekend, Oktoberfest, and even Rock the Block has dangers. The ambulance during the day-time activities of Oktoberfest only had two men on the clock to deal with the potential injuries, and there was no ambulance (to my knowledge) at Rock the Block. With limited staff, those men should be able to concentrate their skills on emergencies.

    • Thanks Michelle! Longwood and Hampton Sydney sponsored events are important to the Rescue Squad because they are very likely times for injuries to occur. The skills that are going to be taught are very simple and are solely meant to be precautionary measures while professional EMS come to the scene. Resistance from students who do not want to attend the seminar is going to be the greatest resistance that I can come up with. I know it sounds like a boring class (its not the hypnotist) but its vital for people to learn these skills.

      • Some people may be bored, but most New Lancer Day seminars are, like going over the honor code for an hour, so take comfort that yours will not be singled out as such!

  2. I can’t see a suggestion like this meeting much resistance unless someone has a death wish! And, the fact that it sounds like this really wouldn’t cost any more than an additional hour of time is great too. I guess the only resistance you COULD meet with that is the instructor not wanting to take the time- but I cannot even imagine that being an issue. Because Longwood is a community, all your reasoning should make sense to any students and faculty that cares about the place! I mean, can you honestly even anticipate any sort of rebuttal to this? I’m drawing a blank!

    • I’ve been trying to think of something that people would rebuttal for this, and the only thing I can come up with is that some students will not have an interest in medical training. They may have fears of blood or needles or anything from the medical world and they have no interest in learning how to control bleeding or dealing with someone who is throwing up. But my response to that is they don’t have to be super hands on. What is going to be stressed the most is that people need to call 911 and remain calm. This is the most important thing because people have a tendency to panic when an emergency happens. Responding to those emergencies in a way where there is still a feeling of calm and control about the situation is going to help everyone. Other than that, I really can’t come up with another rebuttal.

      • yeah I think I brought up something like that a few blogs ago regarding to your topic.I forget, cost isn’t a real issue, correct?

        • Correct, the only cost that would be related would be paying the instructor to come in during New Lacer Days

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