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‘Stop the Bleed’ training courses come to Mt. Pleasant

Mar 29, 2018

By Gretchen Teske, Mt. Pleasant News

 

Henry County Health Center (HCHC) is ready to train civilians how to respond in the event of a crisis.

On Saturday, March 31 HCHC will participate in National Stop the Bleed Day. The free event will include three training sessions to be held in the Danny Eversmeyer Training Center. The goal of the initiative is to teach the public how to act in a crisis situation.

“Because of all the school shootings and things that are happening, we have to teach the public,” said HCHC Emergency Department Director Lacey Ralls. “A lot of people are preventable deaths.”

Death by bleeding out is a leading cause of death. By teaching the public how to step in and handle the situation, death can be avoided. By bringing the program to Henry County, health officials are hoping to saves lives by teaching others how to. “People can bleed out before first responders can get in,” she says.

When first responders arrive on scene, their first goal is to subdue the situation and negate the threat. Until they can get in, it is up to the people inside to control the injury.

“(The) ambulance has to stay outside so they don’t become victims,” she explains. “They can’t go in until the threat has been neutralized. Sometimes it’s up to the people inside.”

Three classes will be held with 16 people in each class. Ralls says her goal for the class is to give the public the knowledge to handle the situation.

“We want them to be able to empower people to act and to know what to do if someone is bleeding, (by knowing) what to do and how to do it confidently,” she says. “We care about our community.”

The program became an idea shortly after the Boston marathon bombing in 2013.

“You couldn’t get your ambulance and your first responders to the people that were damaged,” said Dr. Michelle Tansey, general surgeon at Physicians and Clinics of Henry County Health Center. “If you can’t get your EMS there in 10 or 15 minutes, that’s all it takes (for someone) to bleed to death.”

“In 2015, the Stop the Bleed program started as a grass roots program with American College of Surgeons and the Hartford Consensus,” she explained. Dr. Tansey is a member of the American College of Surgeons and has been very involved with this campaign since its beginning.

She feels the knowledge from this program is especially vital after the attacks in Orlando, Parkland and California.

“If you can control the bleeding you can save a life,” she says. “Any man, woman or child can put on a tourniquet or put pressure on a wound.”

HCHC is hoping this knowledge will empower people to respond with proper technique. Much like learning CPR, learning the proper techniques for bleeding control can save lives. “A lot of people kind of freeze up, but by showing people how to use a tourniquet, it saves lives,” Dr. Tansey says.

HCHC is offering a full day of classes that will teach people how to use a bleeding control kit or make a tourniquet out of other household items. People of all ages are welcomed and encouraged to attend the event. If an interested person is unable to attend, Dr. Tansey encourages them to go online and follow the steps on the website.

To register for the event call Henry County Public Health at 319-385-6724.

For more information on the Stop the Bleed initiative, visit bleedcontrol.org.

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