Stop the Bleed classes offered in Craig, Moffat County to educate on emergency care
A group of 20 people, and growing, are turning bystanders into first responders through the Stop the Bleed classes.
The classes provide basic training in bleeding control principles to give anyone who wishes the skills to provide aid until first responders are able to take over care of an injured person.
“The Stop the Bleed class can be taken by anyone in the community,” said Megan O’Toole, Memorial Regional Health Trauma Nurse Coordinator.
Developed in response to multiple mass casualty events in America since the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma is “leading the effort to save lives by teaching the civilian population to provide vital initial response to stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations,” according to bleedingcontrol.org.
O’Toole and the team at MRH have trained 19 people to act as instructors for Stop the Bleed classes that are available to most people.
“I have taught the class to kids as young as second grade. We do modify the information as much as we can for the younger kids,” O’Toole said.
The class is focused on teaching people how to remain safe, recognize and identify life-threatening bleeding, how to pack a wound and apply pressure to a wound, and how to identify when and how to use a tourniquet.
“We would love to get more Stop the Bleed classes set up in the community,” O’Toole said. “Groups we would like to teach the class to include 4-H groups, CDOT and WYDOT employees, city employees, outdoor groups, hunters of all ages, miners, Boy and Girl Scouts, search and rescue, firefighters, school employees, and any other people throughout the community.”
When it opens later this year, the Memorial Regional Health medical office building will recognize supporters with a hand-forged iron tree of life.