Wellmont Class to Teach Bleeding Control for Life-Threatening Incident or Injury

Oct. 24, 2017 | KINGSPORT, TENN.

Holston Valley Medical Center is offering a two-hour community class in October and November teaching simple steps to stop bleeding and help keep an individual alive following a life-threatening incident or injury.

Stop the Bleed, a national program, will be offered Monday, Oct. 30, and Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 6-8 p.m. in the clinical education department in the West Park Professional Building at 914 Broad St. The class will be taught by Tiffany Lasky, D.O., trauma medical director; Kay Garrett, trauma program manager; and Carol Jones, injury prevention and outreach coordinator, all from Holston Valley.

Participants will learn how to identify uncontrolled bleeding and first aid steps to provide emergency treatment following a call to 911. These methods include quick clot procedures and application of tourniquets for situations such as work-related injuries, mass shootings, home injuries, motor vehicle crashes or bombings.

“Someone with massive bleeding in situations where a response is delayed is at risk of death and needs prompt medical intervention,” Jones said. “Anyone at the scene who knows what to do could act as an immediate responder and save lives. The class teaches bleeding control techniques such as how to use one’s hands to apply direct pressure, how to apply a tourniquet and how to stop blood loss. This class gives you an opportunity to learn those basic lifesaving skills.”

The class can accommodate 20 people each night, and program materials for the class are $15. To register, please contact Wellmont Nurse Connection at 1-877-230-NURSE (6877).

Stop the Bleed is a program of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Bleeding Control. The bleedingcontrol.org initiative is a one-stop online resource for credible information on bleeding control and other resources contributed by a variety of private and nonprofit partners to help prepare individuals who witness a life-threatening injury or occurrence.