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Stop the Bleed

March 30, 2018

Contact:  Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
                Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391

DPHHS promotes national ‘Stop the Bleed’ effort

Trainers can be found through online interactive map

Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials promoted this week National Stop the Bleed Day (March 31) by offering a short training about life-saving information Montanans should know about how to stop bleeding caused by a traumatic injury.

The training took place Friday, March 30 at 10 am at 1400 Broadway in the Cogswell Building in Conference Room 207

According to Alyssa Johnson of the DPHHS Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems Section, the top cause of preventable death in trauma is bleeding. She said 20 percent of people who have died from traumatic injuries could have survived with quick bleeding control.

“It only takes a few hours to receive this life-saving training and it can be the difference between life and death for an injured person,” Johnson said.

Johnson said 134 instructors in Montana offer this type of training statewide to the public in all corners of the state and several locations in between. DPHHS has put together in interactive map with contact information of the state’s Stop the Bleed trainers to help those interested find classes.

“This is really important training for all Montanans to have, especially in rural parts of the state where it can be hours to the nearest hospital,” Johnson said. “When a patient is experiencing serious bleeding, time is of the essence.”

To find a class go to this interactive map

Johnson said DPHHS is always looking to add additional instructors across the state who are willing to train others in their community. The requirements to be an instructor are being in the medical field including a first responder, EMT, athletic trainer, RN, MD and several others.

One of the Stop the Bleed campaign goals is to encourage the general public to acquire the skills and confidence to control bleeding in emergency situations, such as a life-threatening injury from a motor vehicle collision, a stab wound or gunshot wound. In many instances, a bystander acts as the first responder and is the first point of contact in the chain of survival. The Stop the Bleed concept is similar to those who have been received CPR or automatic defibrillator training.

Launched in October 2015, Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and a call to action. The campaign is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency.

During a Stop the Bleed training, participants will learn how to:

  • Determine if an area is safe to proceed toward a victim to provide assistance.
  • Identify any nearby tools to assist such as a publicly placed bleeding control kit or everyday items that can be used to control bleeding.
  • Use one’s hands to apply direct pressure at the site of the wound to stop bleeding.
  • Pack a deep wound with cloth or gauze to control bleeding.
  • Correctly apply a tourniquet to an injured limb to stop bleeding.
  • Keep the victim calm until help arrives.

Additional Stop the Bleed Information