WBU Students Learn New First Aid Technique

August 8, 2019

Students practice first aid techniques
Wayland students learn basic first aid, including how to set a tourniquet, during part of their training to serve as Residence Hall Supervisors and Resident Advisors. Wayland students officially return to campus Aug. 16-18 with classes beginning Aug. 21.

Wayland Baptist University puts a premium on student safety on campus and in the dorms. Wayland Residence Hall Supervisors and Resident Assistants are trained in basic CPR and First Aid as part of their preparation for students moving back into the dorms at the beginning of each academic year.

As WBU prepares for students to return to campus, the RHSs and RAs have been in training all week. This year, Wayland nurse, Coralyn Dillard, worked with Covenant Hospital nurses to provide “Stop the Bleed” training as well.

“This is a recognized program originally developed for all Army troops,” Dillard said. “It has been modified for the general public to learn how to use a tourniquet and pack a wound.”

Dillard said the emergency room nurses at Covenant are trained to teach the short course that allows students to learn the skills and techniques in using tourniquets and packing wounds.

Dillard said the RHSs and RAs are also trained in using the automated external defibrillators (AEDs) that are located across campus, and on what to do in case of a seizure. Students who come to campus are also encouraged to complete Magnus Health which is a health registration that can be accessed in case of an emergency.

“We restock their first aid bags and provide 911 cards for each student who has completed Magnus Health,” Dillard said. “In the event of an emergency, the 911 card gets handed off to the emergency personnel who gives it to the ER doctor in order to access the student’s health records.

Dillard said she sees cases of normal illness and minor injuries such as cuts and bruises throughout the course of a semester. Having additional hands that can help with basic first aid makes it easier to handle any issues that arise.

“It never hurts to be proactive and prepared,” she said.