EASTON — Bleeding Control Basic (BCon) Course by Talbot EMS will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the VFW Post 5118, located at 355 Glebe Road in Easton.
The course is free and open to the public, and will give guests the opportunity to recognize life-threatening situations where someone is bleeding due to injury or health issues. With the education, the guests will effectively assist that person and save a life.
Studies have shown that the help given by an immediate responder can often make the difference between life and death, even before medical professionals arrive, according to bleedingcontrol.org. Adjutant of VFW Post 5118 Gene Feher use to be an EMT, and sees the class as a lifesaving manager for the control bleeding.
“We’ve had classes in the past including CPR training,” Feher said. “(This) is a skill that we want everyone to try and obtain because it is a lifesaving. There is not many classes out there for that, and I think it is important for people to understand how to deal with someone who is bleeding, especially if you have profuse bleeding.”
Feher also said that the community in Easton is particularly, “aging so a lot of people are on blood thinners. If they cut, the bleeding could be more profuse and life threatening. Unfortunately, the other part of it is in light of what is going on in this country. It is important for people to have some knowledge of what to do in the event of that kind of emergency.”
The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma is leading the effort to save lives by teaching individuals how to provide vital initial response to stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations. The class will gives participants the necessary tools to become an initial responder.
According to www.bleedingcontrol.org, during the training, guests will learn to determine if an area is safe to proceed toward a victim to provide assistance; Identify any nearby tools to assist them such as a publicly placed bleeding control kit or everyday items that can be used to control bleeding; Use their hands to apply direct pressure at the site of the wound to stop bleeding; Pack a deep wound with cloth or gauze to control bleeding; Correctly apply a tourniquet to an injured limb to stop bleeding; Keep the victim calm until help arrives.
“Just like in cases of sudden cardiac arrest when bystander CPR can save a life so can controlling blood loss in a trauma patient,” Talbot County Department of Emergency Services Director Clay Stamp said. “By offering the Stop the Bleed classes to our community we will be educating the public about bleeding control to and sustain life until emergency personnel can arrive and assume care of a patient.”
Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and a call to action that launched in October of 2015 by the White House. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency, becoming the beginning of the trauma care chain of survival.
For more information, call Rachael Cox at 443-786-3764 or the VFW Post 5118 at 410-822-8619.