Southern California Stop The Bleed Training

Woman packing simulated wound with gauze
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Thank you for your interest in our course! We are proud to offer Stop The Bleed® training, and can't wait to tell you more about it.


But first, a little about us. 

My name is Nick Semione and I founded What If Survival (WIS) in 2018 in response to the disappointing quality of marketplace first aid kits. As a certified Emergency Medical Technician, I started by creating kits, and my mission to provide medical-grade, first aid equipment evolved into a passion for training people how to use our life saving supplies. We now sell comprehensive kits alongside practical, hands-on training for customers learning to Stop the Bleed®. 


So, what is valuable about our training? 

Stop The Bleed® didn't start with us. It was created in 2012 by the American College of Surgeons on Trauma and The Hartford Consensus in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting. They wanted to distribute an equivalent of CPR for bleeding, and teach everyday bystanders how to stop bleeding in victims after an injury. 


They developed a standardized system that requires little instruction, and could help save countless lives. Why? The number one cause of preventable death after an injury is bleeding, and someone with severe bleeding could bleed out in as little as five minutes. The average ambulance response time across the U.S is 7 minutes, meaning first responders could arrive at the scene too late to administer aid. 


To help educate our community, we developed our own course to instruct the Stop The Bleed® principles in the Orange County and LA areas. We teach these and more during WIS’ Stop The Bleed® course. Our class gives people the skills needed to keep blood in the body, and avoid preventable deaths. 


In our class, you will learn and practice: 

• Scene safety

• How to use personal protective equipment

• How to identify life-threatening bleeding

• When, where & how to use a tourniquet, wound packing gauze, and chest seals

• How to apply tourniquets to yourself (including one-handed) 

• How to effectively bandage difficult areas like the neck and armpit

• Why hypothermia is so dangerous for severely bleeding patients, even on a 100 degree day, and how to help prevent it


You may be wondering, how is this different from a first aid class?

Many first aid courses cover bleeding control in a few PowerPoint slides, for a total of 10 to 15 minutes. At WIS, we wanted to challenge this norm by prioritizing the number one cause of preventable death by injury. That's why we dedicated an entire course to it, with 2-3 hours of training exclusively covering Stop The Bleed® principles. Wouldn't you want your workplace to prioritize the training most likely to save lives? 


In the words of the ancient Greek poet Archilochus, "we don’t rise to the level of our expectations; we fall to the level of our training.”  This is what drives What if Survival. High quality training that will serve you and your employees when you need it most. It's also what we based our training on, and why we decided to include hands-on skill stations with multiple simulated wounds after the presentation phase of our class. We want our course to be applicable to real life situations, and one optional skill station we include is a simulated human wound developed into a bone-in, pork shoulder. This is the closest simulation to human anatomy available. 


I would like to end on a personal note. A friend of mine recently graduated from paramedic school (which is the highest level of prehospital medical licensing), and said that his Stop The Bleed® training was more comprehensive than anything he previously completed for bleeding control. In his time at an accredited paramedic school, he never practiced using a tourniquet or packing wounds. Our course provides more detail than the Stop the Bleed® training he completed.


We developed our course to be accessible, affordable, and high quality. Our pricing structure is as follows: 

$75 per student for the Stop The Bleed Training

Our classroom is in Lake Forest, CA. We can travel to the anreas of Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, Inland Empire, and Ventura area for an additional $25 per student. Minimum class size for travel is 6 students. Additional charges apply for travel outside of the above counties.

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