BANGOR – In observance of National Stop the Bleed Day, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is offering free courses to prevent the primary cause of death after injury: bleeding.
After the Sandy Hook school shooting tragedy in 2012, leaders from the medical community nationwide studied ways to decrease the numbers of people killed during an active shooter situation.
“We liken it to CPR for bleeding. Everyone knows how to do, or many people learn how to do, CPR or chest compressions and save someone in the event of a heart attack. And this is something similar. If someone gets injured with a life-threatening bleeding injury, we want to be able to teach people how to take care of that to get them to the hospital to get the care they need,” said Dr. Amy Fenwick, the hospital’s director of trauma.
For more information about scheduling a Stop the Bleed class, go to bleedingcontrol.org.