The only thing more tragic than a death from bleeding is a death that could have been prevented. Learning bleeding control techniques can mean the difference between life and death. Henry County Health Center has joined the Stop The Bleed national campaign to teach the general public these life-saving techniques.
In an effort to educate the public on these important lifesaving measures, Henry County Health Center is participating in National Stop The Bleed Day on Saturday, March 31st. On this date, HCHC staff will hold free Stop The Bleed training courses in the HCHC Danny Eversmeyer Training Center. The public can choose from one of the three class times offered: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-3 p.m., or 4 p.m.-6 p.m. This is a free course and registration is required by calling Henry County Public Health at 319-385-6724. Class size is limited, so be sure to register early. At each class, a drawing will be held for a free Bleeding Control Kit.
This bleeding control training course is designed to encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to assist in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. Massive bleeding with delayed response can result in death; victims can die within 5 to 10 minutes from uncontrolled bleeding, so quickly stopping the bleeding is critical. However, anyone at the scene can act as an immediate responder and save lives if they know proper bleeding control techniques, including how to use their hands, dressings and tourniquets. Similar to learning CPR, learning proper bleeding control techniques can save lives.
BleedingControl.org is an initiative of the American College of Surgeons and the Hartford Consensus to help prepare the public to perform severe bleeding control on victims as soon as possible rather than waiting for emergency medical personnel to arrive on the scene. By training civilian bystanders as immediate responders who can perform external bleeding control at the time of an incident, wounded victims have an increased chance of survival.