Stop the Bleed

July 19, 2018

For Immediate Release

Atlantic, IA –Bleeding from a traumatic injury can lead to death in just a few minutes, well before medical help can arrive. In July, Cass County Public Health is offering two free classes for the public to learn about bleeding control as part of the Stop the Bleed campaign.

“Stop the Bleed teaches someone how to safely and immediately take action, potentially saving a life.” said Beth Olsen, Director of Cass County Public Health. “Everyone should know how to recognize life-threatening bleeding and take appropriate steps to control bleeding until help arrives.”

The Stop the Bleed campaign is a national initiative originating from the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, the White House, and other governmental and private agencies. The program is currently being championed by the American College of Surgeons-Committee on Trauma. The program is based on recommendations identified in the Hartford Consensus, which was a review of mass casualty and active shooter events. The program is designed to teach civilian bystanders basic hemorrhage control techniques.

Cass County Public Health is offering free Stop the Bleed classes for the public on Monday, July 23 from 5:30-7:00 pm and Wednesday, July 25 from 5:30-7:00 pm. The classes will be held at Cass County Public Health 1408 East 10th Street Atlantic. Space is limited. Please call (712) 243-7551 to reserve your spot. Cass County Public Health also schedules large group training on Stop the Bleed for any interested groups, such as schools, churches, youth groups, offices, etc.