Local group will host trauma care session

4 years ago

CARIBOU, Maine — The Center for Advancement of Rural Living (CARL) will sponsor “Stop the Bleed,” a program of the American College of Surgeons designed to teach civilians how to stop bleeding in a trauma situation and assist the victim until licensed emergency personnel arrive on scene.

The course will be held at the Caribou Inn and Convention Center on Saturday, June 29, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  

Organizers said uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma, and the course is being offered around the country in an effort to improve the survival chances for victims of trauma.

The “Stop the Bleed” campaign was initiated by a federal working group to build national resilience by better preparing the public to save lives through raising awareness of basic actions to stop life-threatening bleeding following everyday emergencies and man-made natural disasters.  

According to the federal group, advances made by military medicine and research in hemorrhage control during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have informed the work of this initiative, which exemplifies translation of knowledge back to the homeland to the benefit of the general public.  

The June 29 course will be taught by certified Instructor Tristan Werner.  Werner achieved his certification in 2010 and has taught the course throughout the state.  

The course is free.  To register, visit carlcenter.org or call 207-492-2375.