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Stony Brook Trauma Surgeons Teach Wound Treatment In Wake Of Ohio State Attack

STONY BROOK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) -- In the aftermath of the Ohio State University stabbing attack, many schools are stepping up the training on how to stay safe.

As CBS2's Dick Brennan reported, Stony Brook University students and staff are also learning how to treat any wounds they or others may suffer.

Trauma surgeons on Wednesday taught the life-saving lessons they have learned through years of medical training, such as the proper way to plug a wound with gauze. The blood and limbs they used were artificial, but there is a quite real potential that the civilians will someday need to use the technique.

"You like never know," said Stony Brook student Yoshiyo Fumakoshi. "Even though you're on campus and you think that everything is safe, especially with what you see in the news nowadays like school shootings, I think it's just good to be prepared."

Following the latest campus attack at Ohio State University that left 11 people injured, Stony Brook physicians are taking the civilian training to local schools and government offices.

"Seconds and minutes can mean the difference between life and death," said trauma surgeon James Vosskwinkel. "Arterial bleeding is very brisk, and patients can lose a lot of blood very quickly."

Medical staff demonstrated how to apply a tourniquet above a wound, while twisting it tighter to restrict the blood flow. If no tourniquet is available, people can use personal items such as a belt or a ribbon on an ID badge.

Students took turns with the hands-on training, overcoming any squeamishness they feel about probing wounds.

"It would be hard, but at the moment, I would definitely use these skills," said Stony Brook student Daniella Sallangos.

"God forbid this ever happens," said computer technicians Steven Wong. "I think the training is important for everybody, not just us."

Indeed, it is life-saving training that the civilians can teach family and friends.

The civilian training is part of a national effort sponsored by the American College of Surgeons.

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