Wound Packing Instruction from Second Alarmer’s Assistant Chief

On October 12, 2018, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Protective Services students received specialized instruction on bleed control and wound packing with hemostatic dressings led by Ken Davidson, Assistant Chief for the Montgomery County Second Alarmer’s and Rescue Squad/Occupational Advisory Committee member for EASTERN’s Protective Services program.

Mr. Davidson discussed the importance of how to treat trauma and pack wounds to save a life, encourage healing and reduce the risk of bacterial infection. This instruction was done using a pork shoulder and fake blood to simulate a real-life emergency. This type of instruction provides a realistic look and feel for students to truly understand the severity of a deep wound and the necessary steps needed to assist the patient. Students were able to see the effectiveness of their wound packing, and how proper packing and pressure will stop the flow of blood.

“We are grateful for Mr. Davidson for taking the time to work with us on this life-saving technique,” said Mark Zaslavsky, EASTERN’s Protective Services Instructor. “These types of demonstrations give my students a much better understanding of the types of emergency situations they may encounter in their future careers. The Second Alarmer’s and Rescue Squad has been an active supporter of the Protective Services program.”

Protective Services at EASTERN is a multi-disciplined program developed in consultation with a countywide advisory committee of law enforcement, fire science, security professionals and postsecondary institutions. Curriculum includes foundations in firefighting, security, emergency medicine, and corrections. To learn more, please visit www.eastech.org/eastern-programs/prt.

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