Published on April 30, 2019

Genesis, MEDIC EMS Plan “Stop The Bleed’’ Training


Uncontrolled bleeding is one of the most common causes of death following a traumatic injury.

Genesis Trauma Services and MEDIC EMS will be hosting free Stop The Bleed classes on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at MEDIC EMS, 1204 East High Street, Davenport. Classes will be held at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.

“The goal of the classes is to encourage the general public to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives,’’ said Andrea Bladel, RN, BSN, Genesis trauma coordinator.  “Across the country, people are being trained how to stop traumatic bleeding.

“These classes are important because a bystander may be the first person available to stop blood loss and could save a life because they have been trained in classes like this.’’

Stop The Bleed is one of nation’s largest public health campaigns. Participating organizations include the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the American College of Surgeons.

“In a matter of seconds a knife stab wound, a gunshot injury, or an injury from a mass casualty event can become a life-threatening injury because of bleeding,’’ said John Hartman, M.D., trauma medical director at Genesis and general surgeon. “Stop The Bleed classes could save thousands of lives each year in the U.S. alone.

“Bystanders saved lives in the minutes after the mass shooting in Las Vegas. When time is critical, it may be a bystander, not a first responder, who is the first to stop a bleed with pressure or an improvised tourniquet.

“That is why these classes are so important. Trauma injuries can happen unexpectedly at any moment.’’

The class instructs participants on responding to bleeding injuries. The ABCs of bleeding response are A (Alert); B (Bleeding); and C (Compress).

•    Alert is being aware of your own immediate safety and calling 9-1-1 or having another bystander make the call.

•    Bleeding is identifying the bleeding injury.

•    Compress is applying pressure to the bleeding by covering the wound with a clean cloth and applying direct pressure, packing or stuffing the wound with gauze or clean cloth, or using a tourniquet.

National Stop The Bleed Day has been designated as May 23.
Local Stop The Bleed classes will be free. For more information, call (563) 421-7713.


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