Agnesian HealthCare to sponsor ‘Stop the Bleed’ lifesaving skills

Shelly Haberman
Stop the Bleed

The Health Resource Center at St. Agnes Hospital is hosting three Stop the Bleed Lifesaving Skills sessions on June 25, July 11 and August 13 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Plaza Level Conference Center, 430 E. Division Street in Fond du Lac. Sessions are free.

Receive training and resources to respond to a life-threatening event whether at home or within the community. An injured person can die from blood loss within five minutes.

No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, so it is important to quickly stop the blood loss.

Bystanders can take simple steps to keep the injured person alive until appropriate medical care is available. There are some very simple actions anyone can take to help save a life.

“Stop the Bleed” is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives. Four partners - Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue, City of Fond du Lac Police, North Fond du Lac Fire/EMS  and Agnesian HealthCare - are bringing this program locally to provide lifesaving training initially to first responders and schools, and now to the general public.

The Stop the Bleed campaign was launched by the White House in 2015 in response to the massacre three years earlier at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

“The Stop the Bleed campaign is as simple if not more simple than CPR,” says Brenda Kissinger, ATCN, RN, supervisor of EMS/Trauma with St. Agnes Hospital’s Emergency Department. “I like to say PPT for STB (Pressure, Packing and Tourniquet for Stopping the Bleed). If through our collaboration with our partners we can save one life, it is worth it. This education can be used at home, at work and in schools. It is a wide reaching program to save lives by ‘Stopping the Bleed.’” 

The Stop the Bleed effort has four main goals:

  • To train bystanders how to stop bleeding with pressure, packing and tourniquets.
  • To train law enforcement officers how to stop bleeding in victims, their fellow officers and themselves.
  • To conduct and facilitate “Train the Trainer” classes for paramedics, EMTs, firefighters, and other healthcare professionals, who can then teach these lifesaving skills to members of the communities they serve
  • To encourage placement of bleeding control kits, containing items such as dressings and tourniquets, in publicly accessible locations.

Call 926-4960 to register or visit agnesian.com/know-and-go-classes. For more information, send an e-mail to stopthebleed@ssmhealth.com.

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