Free STOP THE BLEED class is now open to the public!!!

If you or a loved one suffered a life-threatening cut or puncture would you know what to do in the minutes following the injury until professional help arrives?  If you or a family member were involved a severe car accident, would you know what to do when seconds count? When any significant bleeding injury occurs, CPR and basic First Aid training will do little to help the injured person to survive long enough for advanced care to arrive.  Over the past two years, Harris County ESD 48 Fire and EMS has been providing Stop the Bleed training for Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters so that whoever arrives first at an accident or shooting can stop the bleeding while the ambulance is on the way. Way before a Police Officer, Firefighter or Medic arrives on the scene, there is usually a civilian there who may even be the eyewitness who called 9-1-1. Until professional help arrives, the citizens already on the scene are the help. If they know how to stop the severe bleeding they can literally save a life. Someone with a severely compromised femoral (thigh) artery can bleed out and die in as little as three minutes so time is critical.  How many lives could be saved if there were people there who knew what to do until the medics arrive?

Join us for first ever public Stop the Bleed class this Sunday, October 22nd at both 11:00am and 2:00pm.  This 90-minute class is being offered FREE but there are a limited number of seats.  Anyone interested in attending can reserve your seat by emailing us at CPRTraining@hcesd48.org or calling 832-851-0079.

When a significant bleeding injury occurs, CPR and basic First Aid training will do little to help the injured person to survive long enough for advanced care to arrive.  Trauma is the #1 cause of death among Americans under 46 year years of age and, overall, it’s the #3 cause of death after heart disease and cancer. It’s estimated that about one-third of the 200,000 trauma deaths in the U.S. each year are due to extreme blood loss, which starves the body’s cells of life-sustaining oxygen and nutrients.  No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene.

The free 90-minute training course provides lifesaving tools for car wrecks, shootings, stabbings, industrial and home accidents such as a fall or severe cut from a power tool. The injured person you save could be a loved one, a neighbor, a stranger or even yourself. Until Helps Arrives, YOU ARE THE HELP. Knowing how to use a tourniquet, and stop bleeding by packing a wound and applying pressure saves lives.

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This is the thinking behind the Stop the Bleed Campaign which is endorsed nationally by the White House and the Department of Homeland Security and is being promoted in the greater Houston area by the South East Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC). SETRAC is one of 22 Regional Councils in Texas that unites EMS professionals, hospitals, and civic leaders to advance emergency medicine and preparedness.

The two primary goals of Stop the Bleed are to make Bleeding Control (B-Con) training as common as CPR training in our community and have a Bleeding Control Kit mounted right next to every public AED (Automated External Defibrillator) complete with gloves, manufactured Combat Application Tourniquets, pressure bandages and hemostatic (blood clotting) materials used to pack wounds.  You can learn more about the Stop The Bleed Campaign on the Department of Homeland Security website (here) or by going to http://www.bleedingcontrol.org/

 

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