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Stayin’ Alive

Cole County EMS teaches community to perform CPR, stop bleeding by Alex Naughton | May 25, 2023 at 5:48 p.m.
Zachary Holmes demonstrates how to apply a tourniquet Thursday while educating the pulbic on lifesaving measures during Stop the Bleed Day.

When Cole County EMS staff are out with an ambulance, they are usually responding to an emergency.

On Thursday, county EMTs and paramedics were on a mission to educate.

Thursday was National Stop The Bleed Day, part of a national program by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma to educate Americans about life-saving techniques.

Cole County EMS used the day as an opportunity to teach residents not only how to stop bleeding, but how to perform hands-only CPR as well.

CPR and stopping a bleed go hand-in-hand, paramedic Zac Holmes said.

He said CPR, which is meant to circulate blood in the body and potentially restart a victim’s stopped heart, is one of the most important things residents can learn.



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