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
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.