Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital will offer “Stop the Bleed” training to the general public at the Home and Garden Show and Emergency Expo at Central Park in Saugus on April 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Attendees can visit the Henry Mayo tent and learn how to properly apply a tourniquet for life-threatening extremity bleeding. Additional material will be available including a free family disaster plan guide. Training sessions will be offered throughout the day. Check posted times at the Henry Mayo table.
“Massive bleeding from any cause, but particularly from an active shooter or explosive event where a response is delayed can result in death,” said Chad Cossey Disaster Response Planner/ Trauma Surge Coordinator at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. “Our instructors will teach proper bleeding control techniques, including how to use your hands. We also will discuss dressings and demonstrate the use of a tourniquet. Just like learning how to do CPR, people should learn how to do this.”
“Stop the Bleed’ is a national initiative designed to provide the public with the tools and knowledge to stop life-threatening bleeding. Uncontrolled bleeding can result from manmade and natural disasters (e.g., active shooters, bombings, train derailments, earthquakes) and from everyday occurring mergencies (e.g., vehicle crashes, plate glass window accidents, power tool accidents, farming accidents). Severe bleeding can kill within minutes before EMS or other public safety providers arrive. The person closest to you may be the only one who can “stop the bleed” fast enough.
Anyone at the scene can act as an immediate responder and save lives if they know what to do. BleedingControl.org supports the U.S. directive for national preparedness (Presidential Policy Directive 8), which targets preparedness as a shared responsibility of the government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and individual citizens. To learn more about Henry Mayo’s Disaster Resource Center, visit henrymayo.com.