Featuring life-like simulations at Taylorville Memorial Hospital, two free “Stop the Bleed” events taught the public how to handle life-threatening bleeding incidents.
The first session took place on Saturday, September 22 for members of the community. On Tuesday, September 25, a special session was held for employees of the Taylorville School District. Each session lasted approximately 1.5 hours and were held in the Janice Hopper Auditorium at TMH. Altogether, 35 participants attended the events.
“We are so grateful to have had this opportunity to teach this course to so many in our community,” said Tracy Seaton, director of nursing at TMH. “An injury can cause a person to bleed to death in less than five minutes, and life-threatening bleeds can happen at home, at work or in the community. We sincerely hope those who attended were able to learn how to act immediately to save themselves or someone else.”
No medical background was required to attend the event. Participants were given hands-on instruction on the ABC’s of bleeding: alert emergency responders by calling 9-1-1-, find the bleeding injury and how to correctly compress the wound to stop the bleeding, including practicing using a tourniquet.
Each participant received a free bleeding control kit to take with them, generously supplied through a community health outreach grant earmarked from the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 2017 year end appeal.
Taylorville Memorial Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital with a mission to improve the health of the people and communities we serve. The hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization and is an affiliate of Memorial Health System.