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Trauma Center Trains Long Island Airport Personnel in National Effort to “Stop the Bleed”

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR Friday, April 21 at 11am
Reporter Contact:  631-444-7880

Trauma Center Trains Long Island Airport Personnel in National Effort to “Stop the Bleed,” Prepare for Mass Casualties


  • James Vosswinkel, MD, Chief of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, Stony Brook Medicine
  • Colby Rowe, MS, NRP, FP-C, CIC, Trauma Center Education & Prehospital Outreach Coordinator, Stony Brook Medicine
  • Long Island MacArthur Airport Law Enforcement Division, TSA, and airport tenants

This Friday, Stony Brook University Trauma Center has partnered with the Long Island MacArthur Airport Law Enforcement Division to train a variety of airport employees, including Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in preparedness for mass casualty incidents, specifically from an active shooter or explosive events.

Overseen by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the course called Bleeding Control Basic (B-Con) is the educational effort associated with the Department of Homeland Security’s national “Stop the Bleed” campaign. It is designed for civilians and other responders to learn how to recognize and control life-threatening bleeding associated with massive wounds before EMS arrives.

Stony Brook Trauma Center has already trained over 1,100 people, largely in Long Island school districts, as part of the ACS goal to train 30 million people nationwide. The free training is especially critical for organizations and public agencies who are considered high-risk targets -- such as public transportation and schools.


  • Hands-on skills training in application of commercial tourniquets
  • How to improvise a tourniquet with everyday items
  • Instruction and demonstration of wound packing using life-like bleeding skills simulator  

Similar to how the general public learns and performs CPR, the public must learn proper bleeding control techniques. Victims can quickly die from uncontrolled bleeding, within five to 10 minutes.  However, anyone at the scene can act as an immediate responder and save lives if they know what to do.

  • In 2015 in the U.S., there were 372 incidents in which four or more people were killed or wounded, with a toll of 475 deaths and 1,870 injuries according to the nonprofit group Gun Violence Archive.
  • In emergency situations, severe bleeding is a common cause of death for trauma patients, accounting for about 35 percent of mortality before victims get to a hospital, according to the National Trauma Institute.

Friday, April 21, 2017, 11am-1pm

Long Island MacArthur Airport
100 Arrival Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779



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