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State Trooper Saves High School Shop Teacher's Life

A quick-thinking Connecticut state trooper is credited with saving the life of a high school shop teacher whose hand got crushed in a wood planer.


A quick-thinking Connecticut state trooper is credited with saving the life of a high school shop teacher whose hand got crushed in a wood planer.

Trooper Alejandro Bugatti is a school resource officer at Vinal Technical High School in Middletown, Connecticut. State Police told The Middletown Press, Trooper Bugatti was able to apply a tourniquet to the arm of the teacher who was suffering from an arterial bleed and partial amputation. Bugatti used the techniques he learned from "Stop the Bleed," a national campaign to train police and the public in how to stop excessive bleeding.

"It was fortunate that a highly qualified SRO was on scene," state police said in a press release. "SROs provide a positive impact to the quality of life to both students and teachers alike."

"A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, so it's important to quickly stop the blood loss," according to a "Stop the Bleed" flyer.

The first thing bystanders should do, after calling 911, is to find where the bleeding is coming from and apply firm, steady pressure to the site with both hands, if possible. Then, use bandages or clothing to apply firm and steady pressure to the bleeding site. Last, if the bleeding doesn't stop, apply a tourniquet as high on the extremity as possible above the wound. The tourniquet can be applied over clothing.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, if you would like to take a course on assisting victims injured in a traumatic event, contact your local public health department, hospitals and clinics, emergency medical services, or fire and police departments to see if they offer any training.

To find out more about the "Stop the Bleed" campaign, or to teach or host a course, contact the Department of Homeland Security at stopthebleed@hq.dhs.gov

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