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(Denison, IA) – On October 6, 2017 the White House unveiled its “Stop the Bleed” campaign to empower bystanders to act as immediate responders.

Erin Muck, Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for Crawford County Memorial Hospital (CCMH), said, “Uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma. The greater the number of people who know how to control bleeding in an injured patient, the greater the chances of surviving that injury.”

Working with the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services, FEMA, the private sector, nonprofits, and the medical community, the “Stop the Bleed” campaign aims to raise awareness of life saving strategies and provide public access to bleeding control techniques already used by first responders and the military.

“It is vitally important to educate our community and county residents on how to help someone who is hemorrhaging,” commented Christie Matthies, CCMH Emergency Services director. “Whether it’s a professional rescuer or a layperson immediate responder, anyone can administer simple medical care to victims to stop bleeding.”

Bruce Musgrave, CCMH Ambulance department manager, noted, “It’s really a very simple equation. Far too many deaths occur as a result of the inability to control bleeding. If we can teach our Crawford County residents how to stop the bleeding and provide them with the tools to do so, we can save more lives.”

Stop the Bleed classes in Crawford County are supported through the Crawford County Healthcare and Preparedness Coalition. Its goal is to educate as many citizens as possible in Crawford County and the surrounding area. Approximately 100 people have been trained so far.

Two Bleeding Control Basic (BCON) courses will be held at Crawford County Memorial Hospital. The classes will be held on July 10, 2018 from 12 pm – 1 pm, and August 14, 2018 from 5 – 6 pm at CCMH. To register for a class, or if your organization would like a presentation on this course, please contact Christie Matthies, RN or Bruce Musgrave, EMT-P at CCMH at 712-265-2548 or Kim Fineran, RN at Crawford County Public Health at 712-263-3303.