Stop the Bleed event at Tamarac
Fremont – Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial will host a free Stop the Bleed training aimed to turn bystanders into rescuers, giving them the training to save lives.
Shelly Klochack, MSN, BSN, RN and Susie Gatrell, trauma coordinator with Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial are leading a free two-hour class on Wednesday, May 29, at Tamarac, a member of Spectrum Health, that teaches community members how to take simple actions immediately after trauma.
No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, massive bleeding from any cause, but particularly from an active shooter or explosive event, can result in death. Stop the Bleed is a program started by the Department of Defense and is supported by the American College of Surgeons and the Hartford Consensus Group, an organization focused on stopping preventable trauma deaths.
“The program is designed to work in any situation where there might be a bleeding emergency, not just in the event of an active-shooter situation,” Klochack said. “A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, so it is important to quickly stop the blood loss. Anyone at the scene can act as an immediate responder and save lives if they know what to do. If bystanders know how to respond, a victim’s odds of survival are much higher.”
Similar to how the general public learns and performs CPR, the public must learn proper bleeding control techniques, including how to use their hands, dressings, and tourniquets, Klochack said.
“Anyone can do this,” Klochack said. “We encourage all employers, educators and community members to prepare themselves to assist injured people following a traumatic event and register for this training.”
For more information or to register, call 231.924.3275.