According to the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, the general public can be as instrumental as professional first responders in preventing death from uncontrollable bleeding.
On Friday, March 29, Methodist University will offer four workshops through the national Stop the Bleed initiative. The program is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained and equipped to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. The sessions, which are free and open to the public, are scheduled for 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. in the PA Auditorium in the Medical Lecture Hall on campus. Those interested in learning the lifesaving techniques — which include learning to control bleeding with your hands, dressings, and tourniquets — only need to attend one of the sessions to become certified. Each session also will include active shooter training, as well as a realistic, simulated emergency.