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Mercy Medical Center Offers Free Stop the Bleed Class to the Community Feb. 11

Posted on: January 24, 2019

Most people know the importance of learning CPR training, but are not familiar with what to do in an emergency situation involving massive bleeding. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes. Mercy Trauma Services is participating in a national initiative 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 a free Stop the Bleed class to the community on Monday, February 11thfrom 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Mercy Medical Center in the hospital’s Mercy Hall Auditorium, 1320 Mercy Drive N.W., Canton. 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 learned 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 class for free to anyone in the community that is willing to host a class.

Registration is required as spaces are limited. To RSVP for the February 11th class, or to bring the Stop the Bleed program to your group or organization, call 330-489-1000 ext. 3546 or e-mail David.Morris@cantonmercy.org.

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