Oakland University staffers learn how to use tourniquets and stop bleeding  in a training program May 16 at the Oakland Center.

Oakland University staffers learn how to use tourniquets and stop bleeding in a training program May 16 at the Oakland Center.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

Staff, students learn emergency bleed control

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published May 22, 2019


ROCHESTER HILLS — An emergency or accident victim can bleed to death in less than 10 minutes after a major injury, according to Oakland University officials.

“Time is of the essence,” Darcy Leutzinger said May 16 at OU. Leutzinger is the president of Premier Safety Group, which was ired by OU officials to train students and staffers in emergency bleeding control.

Terrorism, the actions of unstable people, and the dangerous impulses of friends and relatives are real and becoming increasingly more frequent, Leutzinger said.

“Active shooters are the first thing you think of,” he said. “It is remote, but it is on everybody’s minds.”

Car, boat and hunting accidents can also cause life-threatening bleeding, he said. Leutzinger and Lindsay Gietzen taught OU groups how to effectively pack wounds and use tourniquets.  

“Life-threatening bleeding signs include the loss of a limb, spurting, soaked clothes or bandages, and pooling on the ground,” Gietzen said. “Go inside the wound with your fingertips to compress pressure.”

Tourniquets should be placed as close to the body core as possible.

“It can be painful, but do not loosen them,” Gietzen said. A tourniquet can be kept in place for up to two hours, she said.

Michael Crum, OU’s emergency manager, said the OU president’s cabinet, composed of senior staffers, has provided $40,000 for the emergency bleed control training of 1,000 students and staffers and the placement of 700 emergency kits in campus buildings.

The kits contain tourniquets, bandages and more. Crum said the kits are located on the main floor of each campus building, near the elevator, in a marked, unlocked cabinet.

“We have an interactive map that is currently in process showing all locations,” he said. “There are 12 kits in each cabinet.”

“People are the first responders — they are the first on the scene of disaster,” Leutzinger said. “The things you can do are super simple, and survivability is so much better with 1,000 people trained here.”  

Blake Ruffer, an OU junior from Plainwell, said he currently serves as an orientation group leader, and the bleed control session was part of his training for the position.

“We learned what to do if the worst possible situation happens,” he said. “You don’t want something like that to ever happen, but now I am prepared. I know that I will be someone to go to in a tragic situation.”

For more information about upcoming free Stop the Bleed training sessions, visit www.oupolice.com/stopthebleed.