Stop the Bleed Course

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About Stop the Bleed

No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene of traumatic injury, large or small in scale. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, making it imperative that a citizens know how to quickly stop the blood loss.

The Louisiana Emergency Response Network (LERN) is partnering with regional stakeholders in a statewide STOP THE BLEED effort that includes three basic goals:

(1) Raise public awareness of the need for STOP THE BLEED knowledge
(2) Extensive STOP THE BLEED training of Louisiana citizens to become “Immediate Responders”
(3) Wide distribution of bleeding control stations and individual bleeding control kits.

Developed by the American College of Surgeons, STOP THE BLEED teaches the three quick actions anyone can do to save a life by addressing bleeding – the #1 cause of preventable death after injury.

Dr. Michael Sutherland, LERN Trauma Medical Director, explains “Think CPR – decades ago, our medical and public safety leaders came together and launched a multiyear effort to train a wide variety of citizens in the basics of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). As a result, today when someone is stricken with a cardiac arrest – in a retail store, a church, a construction site, a school, on a playground, or on the highway – there is a good chance that some citizen who just happens to be in the area will be able and willing to start CPR. We need to replicate that kind of educational effort for STOP THE BLEED.”

“The training is straightforward and takes only one and a half hours to complete. Most people can do this,” says Dr. Sutherland.

Take the Course Locally

LERN, in partnership with St. James Parish Hospital, is hosting a Stop the Bleed course on Tuesday, January 31st from 1:00pm – 2:30pm. The course will be held in the Medical Plaza Community Room. It is open to the public at no cost. Click Here to reserve your spot via LERN’s event page.

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