Pictured: Flight Nurse, Breanna Bingel, instructs Scott McMaster on how to pack a wound while there is an active bleed, while LeLonie Dorf and Diane Schoenbeck look on.

On Tuesday, February 28, community members received free Stop the Bleed training through a partnership with Sparta Community Hospital and ARCH Air Medical.

Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign directed by the American College of Surgeons that is intended to encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

Stop the Bleed Instructor and ARCH Air Medical Flight Nurse, Breanna Bingel shares that “whether at home or out in public, knowing how to control bleeding can make a life-or-death difference when the need arises.”

Uncontrolled bleeding is reported at being the number one cause of preventable death, after injury, in the world.  Stop the Bleed is a quick and effective training program designed for anyone interested in learning the skills that can make a life-or-death difference when someone is severely bleeding.

“By using direct pressure, packing a wound, or applying a tourniquet,” Bingel states that “anyone can be ready to act when a bleeding emergency occurs.”

ARCH Air Medical and Sparta Community Hospital will be celebrating National Stop the Bleed Day on Thursday, May 25, 2023, with another Stop the Bleed training.  The training will be held at Sparta Community Hospital’s Auxiliary Room A at Broadway Plaza, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  To register, please contact Jennifer Barbour NO LATER than Monday, May 22, 2023, at 618-443-1467.