Good Samaritan Trauma Offering FREE Stop the Bleed Courses

In an emergency situation, 20 percent of individuals who have died from a traumatic injury could have survived with quick bleeding control. According to the Department of Homeland Security, a person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes.

No matter how rapid the arrival of emergency responders, bystanders will always be the first to arrive on the scene. This is why Good Samaritan Trauma is offering free Stop the Bleed classes to decrease the number of local trauma deaths due to blood loss.

The class will be offered at three different times on Saturday, March 31 in Eva Hill Auditorium at Good Samaritan. The class times are 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., and will last approximately one hour.

“Just like learning CPR, community members who know how to respond to a bleeding emergency can save lives while waiting for medical care to arrive,” said Mary Pargin, Trauma Program Manager and Emergency Management Coordinator.

Attendees will learn about the ABC’s of bleeding control:

A – Alert (Call 911)
B – Find where the bleeding is coming from
C – Compress the wound

Stop the Bleed training kits will be used that include Combat Application Tourniquets (CAT) and hemostatic gauze packing. A short presentation will be given, followed by hands-on stations where participants will use both the tourniquets and the gauze to pack “dummy wounds.”

No registration is required for the classes. Those who have questions or would like more information can contact Mary Pargin by calling 812-885-3793.

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