WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – MercyOne Waterloo is trying to make sure people are prepared for emergencies through the Stop the Bleed program.
The program is a nationwide effort through the U.S. Department of Defense and the American College of Surgeons to train bystanders to act and step in to keep victims from bleeding to death before professional medical help arrives.
Depending where the injury is, a person can bleed to death in just a matter of minutes. An estimated 40 percent of trauma related deaths nationwide are from bleeding.
Stop the Bleed trains people how to properly pack a wound with gauze or other available materials and how to use a tourniquet.
“Help isn’t always available. We have a lot of rural communities around us. Think of our farmers and incidents with mass casualties,” said Gwen Riorden, trauma coordinator for MercyOne Waterloo.
MercyOne Waterloo held six of the classes Thursday and are planning to hold more in July and October. MercyOne will also be holding the classes at their other facilities, including Cedar Falls and Oelwein.
Find a class near you here.