On Wednesday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m., Gilford Community Church (GCC) will host ‘Stop the Bleed,’ a program that teaches people how to intervene in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. In the program, participants learn to control bleeding in three ways: application of direct pressure, packing a wound, and/or applying a tourniquet to control bleeding from an extremity.
‘Stop the Bleed’ is a national campaign created by members of the American College of Surgeons in partnership with the National Security Council in 2015. At the present time, more than 3 million people worldwide have been trained to stop bleeding in a severely injured person.
“The rationale behind the training is the awareness that bleeding is the number one preventable cause of death after injury,” said Debra Hastings, recently retired as Director of Nursing Professional Development at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, who suggested the program in Gilford. “Early control of hemorrhage is essential to improve survival.”
Noting most people die from severe bleeding within the first five minutes of an injury, Hastings said the program can save lives. “If people know that the key to saving the life of someone who is bleeding heavily is to use their hands to apply as much pressure as possible to the wound, they can save a person’s life,” she said. “The technique is simple, and it is easily taught…Anyone can be trained to provide immediate, on-site care to prevent death from hemorrhaging.”
‘Stop the Bleed’ will take place on Wednesday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m. at GCC, 19 Potter Hill Rd in Gilford.
Located in Gilford at 19 Potter Hill Rd, Gilford Community Church (GCC) is an inclusive, open community that welcomes believers and doubters, seekers and skeptics, young and old. Viewable live on YouTube, Sunday service takes place at 10 a.m. at 19 Potter Hill Rd., Gilford, NH and is also available on a livestream feed on GCC’s Facebook page.