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Learn to Save Life on “Stop the Bleed” Day

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Antelope Valley Medical Center is offering three “Stop the Bleed” classes Thursday, May 23, at the Community Resource Center, 44151 15th Street West in Lancaster. Classes, which are 75 minutes long, begin at 2:15, 3:45 and 5:30 p.m. A “distracted driving simulator” from the Jacob Hefter Foundation will also be on display to show how dangerous distracted driving can be. Anyone is invited to attend.

“Stop the Bleed” is an initiative of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma to teach the civilian population to provide vital initial response to stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations. This training teaches participants to identify life-threatening bleeding and become equipped with critical skills to assist in an emergency. This includes:

  • How to apply direct pressure.
  • How and when to pack wounds.
  • How to apply a tourniquet.

The class is free, does not require any previous medical training, and includes an informational presentation as well as hands-on training. In 2018, AVMC trained more than 540 people during 27 Stop the Bleed classes.
“As part of National Trauma Month, we really want to emphasize and teach these simple lifesaving measures to the community,” said Jeremiah Johns, RN, the hospital’s trauma clinical coordinator.

To register for the class, visit the hospital’s Facebook page – @antelopevalleyhospital – and click on the “Events” tab.