What Everyone Should Know to Stop Bleeding After an Injury
You can help save the life if someone, including yourself, is injured

Victims of uncontrolled bleeding, from any cause, can die within five to 10 minutes. Would you know what to do to stop the bleeding and save a life in the event of an active shooter or disaster where response of emergency personnel is delayed?

Prairie Ridge Health (PRH) and the Volunteers of Prairie Ridge Health are sponsoring a free community-wide education program called Stop the Bleed on October 24 at 6 p.m. at Columbus High School.

The 60-minute program drives home the fact that uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma. Participants learn the various ways to control bleeding, whether they have only the use of their hands or are lucky enough to have a full trauma first aid kit.

 “Stop the bleed empowers you to make a difference in a life-threatening emergency,” said LuAnn Reuter, PRH Emergency Department Manager. “The more of us who know how to control bleeding in someone who is injured, the better the chances are for the person to survive the injury.”

The course covers contacting emergency personnel, finding the source of the bleed, applying compression, applying a tourniquet, packing a wound, and applying direct pressure. Instruction is provided by a certified Stop the Bleed instructor and PRH Registered Nurse.

Funding for the educational equipment used to provide the training was donated by the Volunteers of Prairie Ridge Health.

“Our goal is to educate the public so that our community is prepared in the event of an everyday emergency, or man-made and natural disasters,” explained Reuter.

Register below or call 920-623-1276.

The Stop the Bleed campaign was initiated by a federal interagency workgroup convened by the National Security Council Staff, The White House. The purpose of the campaign is to build national resilience by better preparing the public to save lives by raising awareness of basic actions to stop life threatening bleeding. Stop the Bleed is a registered service mark of the Department of Defense.

The Joint Committee to Increase Survival from Active Shooter and Intentional Mass Casualty Events was convened by the American College of Surgeons in response to the growing number and severity of these events. The committee met in Hartford Connecticut and produced a number of documents representing the consensus opinion of medical groups, the military, the National Security Council, Homeland Security, the FBI, law enforcement, fire rescue, and EMS. These recommendations have become known as the Hartford Consensus. The overarching principle of the Hartford Consensus is that no one should die from uncontrolled bleeding. The Hartford Consensus recommends that all citizens learn to stop bleeding.

Further information about the Hartford Consensus and bleeding control can be found on the website: Bleedingcontrol.org