We all know the importance of learning CPR to be prepared in case of an emergency situation. But do you know how to stop massive bleeding? A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes. Mercy Trauma Services is participating in a national initiative of the American College of Surgeons and Hartford Consensus called “Stop the Bleed.” This awareness campaign encourages bystanders to become trained, equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency until professional help arrives.
As part of this initiative, Mercy Trauma Services is offering FREE “Stop the Bleed” classes to the community. Mercy staff members use a hands-on approach to teach participants how to apply direct pressure, pack wounds and use tourniquets. “The ‘Stop the Bleed’ class is important for everyone in the community to take – the training and skills you learn in this class are vital to potentially saving someone’s life,” said Kirby Sweitzer, M.D., chair, department of Surgery at Mercy Medical Center. “We have worked hard to get CPR and AED training into communities because they have been proven to save lives. It is also proven that early bleeding control saves lives as well.” Dr. Kirby added that Mercy feels so strongly about the Stop the Bleed initiative that Mercy Trauma Center staff will provide the one-hour class for FREE to anyone in the community that is willing to host a class.
Two free community classes are being offered at Mercy Medical Center in the hospital’s Mercy Amphitheater, 1320 Mercy Drive N.W., Canton:
~ Thursday, November 30 (6 p.m.–7:30 p.m.)
~ Friday, December 1 (12 Noon–1:30p.m.)
To register for one of these FREE classes, call 330-588-4869 or e-mail Andrew.Bolgiano@cantonmercy.org.
Mercy Trauma Services can also bring the “Stop the Bleed” class to you! If your church or community group would like Mercy to teach a “Stop the Bleed” class for your organization, please call 330-588-4869 or e-mail Andrew.Bolgiano@cantonmercy.org.
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