Ask the Expert: "Stop the Bleed" Class

Ask the Expert - Stop the Bleed

Uncontrolled Bleeding Is the Number One Cause of Death After a Mass-Casualty Event Such as a Mass Shooting. No matter how quickly emergency responders arrive, bystanders will always be first on the scene. Severe bleeding can cause shock or death within five or 10 minutes, which in a mass casualty situation may be before medical help arrives.

According to a recent National Academies of Science study, trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under age 46. Hemorrhage is the leading preventable cause of death in (all types of) trauma and causes 30 to 40 percent of fatalities.

Riverton Hospital is hosting a “Stop the Bleed” class to teach members of the public how to stop bleeding in cases of mass injuries.

Free “Stop the Bleed” classes can train bystanders to help save lives

"Stop the Bleed” is a national injury prevention initiative aimed at teaching members of the public how to control life-threatening bleeding before EMS crews arrive. It was launched in October 2015 by the Obama administration. The initiative also aims to place trauma first aid kits in areas where large numbers of people gather.

"Stop the Bleed” classes provide education in a way everyone can understand, whether you're medically trained or not. Basic bleeding control is explained in a free one-hour class offered at Riverton Hospital four different times per year.

“Stop the Bleed” classes teach people how to:

• Identify whether bleeding is life threatening

• Assess whether a trauma first aid kit is available

• Properly apply pressure to wounds using their hands or clothing

• Properly pack a deep wound with clean cloth or bandages and apply pressure

• Properly use a tourniquet if available and if bleeding of a limb doesn’t stop with direct pressure

The idea of the campaign is to provide easy access to basic equipment and training so people can respond quickly after a mass casualty event. It’s similar to how millions of Americans know how to perform CPR or use an automated external defibrillator that’s been placed in a public location — that’s significantly reduced the number of people who die from sudden heart attacks.