The top cause of preventable death in trauma is bleeding. 20% of people who have died from traumatic injuries could have survived with quick bleeding control.
National Stop The Bleed Day brings Bleeding Control (B-CON) Instructors and students together for a day of training. Free of charge in many places. Go to bleedingcontrol.org to find a class.
Locally, Columbia Safety will be holding a Stop the Bleed class on Saturday, March 31st from 5pm-7pm for only $10. There is another Stop the Bleed scheduled for Tuesday, April 10th from 7pm – 9pm, though it is not yet open for registration.
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Columbia Safety will be holding a Stop the Bleed class on Monday, February 5th, from 7pm-9pm. Tuition is only $10.
Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.
No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss.
Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide first care. According to a recent National Academies of Science study, trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under age 46.
Remember to be aware of your surroundings and move yourself and the injured person to safety, if necessary.