Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes will offer a potentially life-saving course to members of the community.

In an emergency situation, 20 percent of individuals who have died from a traumatic injury could have survived with quick bleeding control. According to the Department of Homeland Security, a person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes. 

No matter how rapid the arrival of emergency responders, bystanders will always be the first to arrive on the scene. This is why Good Samaritan is offering free Stop the Bleed classes to decrease the number of local trauma deaths due to blood loss.

The class will be offered on several dates: Thursday, May 30; Monday, July 29; and Monday, Oct. 21, all from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Eva Hill Auditorium at the hospital.

“Just like learning CPR, community members who know how to respond to a bleeding emergency can save lives while waiting for medical care to arrive,” said Mary Pargin, Trauma Program Manager and Emergency Management Coordinator.

Attendees will learn about the ABC’s of bleeding control: A – Alert (Call 911); B – Find where the bleeding is coming from; C – Compress the wound. 

Stop the Bleed training kits will be used that include Combat Application Tourniquets (CAT) and hemostatic gauze packing.

A short presentation will be given, followed by hands-on stations where participants will use both the tourniquets and the gauze to pack “dummy wounds.”

No registration is required for the classes. Those who have questions or would like more information can contact Pargin by calling (812) 885-3793.