Timely training – learn how to “Stop the Bleed”

We received the following information about a new series of first aid classes earlier today via the Seattle Office of Emergency Management’s SNAP program. As I started to post it this evening, news reports about another active shooter situation in the Pacific Northwest are coming in. This sadly underscores the need for such training.

Blood loss is the leading cause of preventable death in multiple casualty events, like mass shootings and terrorist attacks. Significant external bleeding can also result from everyday events such as a motorcycle crash, or industrial accident. Rapid control of bleeding at the scene of the event can be life-saving. Harborview Medical Center, the American College of Surgeons Washington State Committee on Trauma, and Seattle and King County EMS are partnering to offer Stop the Bleed training.

Upcoming Courses:

October 8, 2016
Session 1: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Session 2: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

October 29, 2016
Session 1: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Session 2: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

November 12, 2016
Session 1: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Session 2: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

December 10, 2016
Session 1: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Session 2: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

For more information or to enroll in a course go to Stop the Bleed Washington

Our free 2.5 hour course teaches basic life-saving medical interventions, including methods to control bleeding and opening an airway to allow breathing. Taught by practicing trauma surgeons, the course was developed in response to the call from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Hartford Consensus to improve survival during active shooter and other mass casualty events. In these circumstances, survival begins with bystanders.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the principles of your response during an active shooter event.
  • Describe the progressive strategy for controlling hemorrhage.
  • Demonstrate wound packing and learn about topical hemostatic dressings.
  • Explain the rationale for early use of a tourniquet for life-threatening extremity bleeding.
  • Demonstrate the appropriate application of a tourniquet to the arm and leg.
  • Demonstrate basic maneuvers to relieve airway obstruction.

This course is based on a curriculum developed by National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and modified and taught by trauma surgeons from UW Medicine’s Harborview Medical Center.

These classes are being taught at Harborview.

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