Health officials host 'Stop the Bleed'

CLINTON – A two-session program next week is helping Gateway-area residents get familiarized with doing one potentially lifesaving action: "Stop the Bleed."

The program, set for Wednesday, Jan. 9, is broken up into two identical sessions, with each session ready to accommodate 50 people, according to Clinton County Emergency Management's Nancy Burns. One will run from 4 to 5:30 p.m., then the next will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ericksen Community Center.

The program will teach attendees how to stop uncontrolled bleeding after a major traumatic injury – something that could save the lives of friends, family and other loved ones.

"This is really designed for the common person to get informed," Burns said Wednesday. "The types of injuries that bring uncontrolled bleeding can happen to anyone. From farm accidents, car accidents, to gunshot wounds, someone can die from bleeding to death in a number of minutes."

Burns said the issue came into a brighter light after the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Since then, stopping lethal bleeding has become "a major initiative by public health officials," Burns said.

Registration is free, with positions in each of the 50-person sessions still available, according to Burns. An informational flyer released in conjunction with Clinton County Emergency Management, Genesis VNA and Hospice, and Mercy Clinton calls uncontrolled bleeding "the number-one cause of preventable death from trauma."

"The greater the number of people who know how to control bleeding in an injured person, the greater the chances of surviving that injury," the information says.

Though Burns called this "a fairly new campaign," its importance cannot be overstated, she said. Knowing how to "Stop the Bleed" is a skill that everyone should have, because "anyone at any time could be put in a situation where they would need to do it," she said.

"Just like CPR, having the basic understanding of how to control someone's bleeding is an important skill that we all should have," Burns said. "Having that knowledge could end up saving your life, or the life of family and friends."

Those interested in attending are encouraged to visit www.eventbrite.com and search for "Stop the Bleed" in Clinton, Iowa to register.