Just because pharmacists aren't expected to administer first aid doesn't mean they shouldn't know how.
Thanks to a team of healthcare workers from the Children's Hospital Los Angeles trauma center, students and faculty from West Coast University's doctorate of pharmacy program learned this September how to "Stop the Bleed" in an emergency situation.
During the workshop, WCU PharmD students and faculty learned about adult and infant CPR, choking relief, how to use an epinephrine pen, how to stop bleeding and disaster preparedness.
Developed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting, "Stop the Bleed" puts a focus on promoting basic training on bleeding control principles so anyone is able to provide immediate, front line aid until first responders are able to take over care of an injured person.
“Our trauma program at CHLA is committed to creating awareness and education on severe bleeding control," CHLA trauma program manager Melissa Anderson said. "Our goal is to train all citizens in the community throughout Los Angeles County by offering multiple classes and hands-on training free of charge."
WCU PharmD student Paniz Hazrati said she was glad to have learned about the life-saving techniques and proud to now carry her wallet-sized class certification card.
"Pharmacists are not just experts on therapeutic medication treatment and medication safety. They are a resource for the community to ask for help in all kinds of health and safety situations," she said.