Geisinger Community Medical Center (GCMC) will host a day of free training sessions to teach the public simple steps on how to stop or slow life-threatening bleeding. Taught by members of GCMC’s trauma team, the “Stop the Bleed” classes are being offered to highlight Pennsylvania Stop the Bleed Day on May 23.
The courses will be held on Wednesday, May 23, in the GCMC Professional Office Building, basement auditorium, 315 Colfax Ave., Scranton. Classes begin at 8 a.m. and will be offered every two hours with the last class starting at 4 p.m.
Similar classes will also be held Thursday, May 24 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, and on May 23 in Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.
Part of a nationwide campaign launched by the White House, “Stop the Bleed” trains ordinary citizens – and potential bystanders – how to help during a severe-bleeding incident before medical and emergency professionals arrive on-scene. GCMC’s program incorporates techniques that include dressing the wound and the use of a tourniquet.
Severe bleeding is a common cause of death during emergency situations and traumatic accidents such as car crashes, violence, and home or industrial accidents, with nearly 35 percent of fatalities occurring before victims even arrive at the hospital, according to the National Trauma Institute.
The program is open to the public and free of charge. Space is limited to 25 attendees per session, so pre-registration is encouraged. For more information or to register at GCMC, contact trauma educator Kathryn Bommer, RN, at 570-703-7329 or firstname.lastname@example.org.