MountainView Hospital will offer a new community class, called “Stop the Bleed,” led by our Trauma Manager!
In a time when emergencies- big or small- can occur at any moment, massive bleeding from any cause can quickly result in death. As anyone can learn and perform CPR, anyone can also learn the techniques to properly address and control bleeding. Victims can quickly die from uncontrolled bleeding within five to 10 minutes.
“Stop the Bleed” is a national awareness campaign and a call to action first launched by the White House in October 2015. This awareness campaign is a grassroots effort to encourage people to become trained and educated, because stopping a bleed quickly is critical.
According to the results of a national poll published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, the general public expressed great interest in learning bleeding control techniques. “Stop the Bleed” classes are offered as a part of the overall awareness campaign and addresses the general public’s interest.
The focus of the class is to teach, equip and empower non-medical bystanders to master the basics for controlling hemorrhages before professional help arrives. The class provides education on how to recognize different types of bleeding and take the appropriate measures to control the bleed. The class also offers trainings in basic bleeding control techniques such as direct pressure, wound packing and tourniquet application. The course is appropriate for both general public and healthcare providers to attend.
“We are excited to offer this class as an extra resource for our community members in case anyone happens to be in a situation to deal with an uncontrolled hemorrhage,” said Stacy Johnson. “Like CPR, it’s almost like learning another basic life skill.”
Learn How to Stop the Bleed
If someone near you starts bleeding rapidly, you'll know what to do to save their life.
In just 5 minutes a person can die from blood loss.
- Call 911 immediately or have someone call them for you.
- If you are injured or your safety is threatened, do not attempt to help other.
- Remove or open clothing so you can clearly see the wound.
- Apply direct pressure to the bleeding site with a clean cloth or your hands. If bleeding does not stop, apply a tourniquet - a tourniquet is to be used on limbs only & solely as a last resort.
Place tourniquet two or three inches toward the torso from the site of bleeding using a thick material such as a belt, scarf, pant leg, or bandana
If bleeding doesn't stop, apply a second tourniquet above the first one.Do not remove the tournquet yourself, allow a medical professional to do that
- Stay at the scene until medical help arrives