The single most preventable cause of death after a traumatic injury is bleeding. Further, a significant number of people over 55 years take anticoagulants, which put them at increased risk from rapid blood loss following an injury. Even a kitchen incident can lead to disaster that could be easily mitigated with the proper technique, allowing time for emergency personnel to arrive.
Citizens nationwide are learning or refreshing these skills, similar to training given for other life-saving techniques such as CPR and the Heimlich maneuver. The Arizona Senior Academy is offering you the opportunity to learn how to stop bleeding quickly and possibly save a life—perhaps even your own.
From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday (May 16), Susan Kinkade, RN, BSN, CEN and Trauma Outreach & Injury Prevention Coordinator at Banner University Medical Center, will present a training session in how you can save a life with simply applied measures.
Her program, “Stop the Bleed,” will combine a lecture with hands-on practice. You will learn to locate and compress pressure points and the modern means of using simple tourniquets, among other skills. These methods do not require high levels of fitness to perform, and are being taught widely across age groups.
The “Stop the Bleed” campaign is a nationwide grassroots effort to empower bystanders to act as immediate responders. Working with the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the private sector, nonprofits, and the medical community, the “Stop the Bleed” campaign aims to raise awareness and provide public access to bleeding control tools already used by first responders.
We highly recommend you take advantage of this opportunity.
Written by John Evans, Academy Village Volunteer