Who would have ever given thought to taking advantage of this kind of training five or 10 years ago, but with the string of mass shootings popping up all over the country, these free classes are worth giving serious thought to. Wesley Medical Center Trauma Services Department will be offering free active shooter and bleeding control training classes March 26-30 in Wesley’s Cessna Conference Room located at 550 N. Hillside.
“Everyone needs to be prepared in the event of a mass shooting or other tragedy where people are injured,” said Gary Poindexter, Wesley’s EMS coordinator. “We are hoping to equip everyday people – bystanders – with the knowledge and tools they need to respond to a situation in which people are hurt.”
“Stop the Bleed” is a national campaign intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.
No matter how quick the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders always will be first on the scene and are best positioned to provide initial care by using proper tourniquet techniques and wound packing. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes; therefore, it is important to quickly stop the blood loss.
Classes will be held:
· Monday, March 26: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m.
· Wednesday, March 26: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Friday, March 30: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m.