(O'Fallon) – As part of their commitment to support to the community through health knowledge, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital announces the launch of the ‘Stop the Bleed’ public education campaign to help save lives in trauma situations.

Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call-to-action. It is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

Brad Perry, EMT-P and Manager of Emergency Services at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, said when people experience physical trauma, often they bleed to death versus dying of their injuries. This is an outcome that has been learned through recent wartime experiences and events like the Boston Marathon bombing.

“With the increase of trauma due to gunshots, explosions and general accidents, we are realizing that a lot of people could survive these devastations by simply stopping the bleeding of a person.”

As part of the campaign, St. Elizabeth’s EMS Services team members will train high school students, businesses and other organizations on how to assess any injuries, properly control bleeding, address wounds and apply tourniquets.

The training can be especially useful for those who work in agriculture, where there are often heavy machine accidents, or for those who are victims of gun violence.

Upcoming training dates and locations include:

  • Saturday, May 18, at 1 p.m. at the Kaskaskia College Nashville Education Center, 17869 Exchange Ave., Nashville, IL 62263

  • Saturday, May 25, at 1 p.m. at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland in the Ungacta Conference Room.

“With these basic techniques, the public can play a vital role for the injured individual between the time of the incident until when medical professionals arrive at the scene,” Perry added.

The ‘Stop the Bleed’ campaign was initiated by a federal interagency workgroup convened by the National Security Council Staff at The White House. The purpose of the campaign is to build national resilience by better preparing the public to save lives by raising awareness of basic actions to stop life threatening bleeding following everyday emergencies, and man-made and natural disasters.

HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Emergency Medical Services has adopted a national campaign and is bringing education to the public to be prepared to help someone in a bleeding emergency. To request ‘Stop the Bleed’ training for your organization, please contact Matthew Gerdes at matthew.gerdes@hshs.org or call 618-234-2120, ext. 15527.

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