New Course Offers Life Saving Skills


(Bangor, Maine) – Severe injuries are a leading cause of death in the United States which, by their nature, are sudden and usually unplanned. Because most preventable deaths in trauma are related to uncontrolled bleeding, early interventions are often critical to survival. The Bleeding Control Basics course (Stop the Bleed) is a quick, simple training program designed to familiarize millions of Americans with basic tools and skills to stop life threatening bleeding before advanced medical help is available.

On March 29 at 9 am, Eastern Maine Medical Center Leaders and members of the media are invited to attend a Bleeding Control Basics course for offered by EMMC Trauma Care. The class is being promoted across the United States during National Stop the Bleed Day in an effort to combat the leading preventable cause of death in trauma --uncontrolled bleeding.

“The medical community has learned that victims have better outcomes if bystanders and first responders can work to limit the damage and offer basic first aid even before access to professional medical care occurs,” says Pret Bjorn, RN, BS, TCRN, trauma program manager at Eastern Maine Medical Center. “These techniques apply to battlefield and mass casualty events, but are equally important in instances of car crashes and household accidents.”
Stop the Bleed Background: Motivated by the 2012 tragedy in Sandy Hook and multiple tragedies that have occurred in the ensuing years, a multidisciplinary task force developed the “Hartford Consensus” to improve survivability from mass casualty events. The resulting injuries from these events often present with severe bleeding which, if left unattended, can result in death. The task force concluded that by providing first responders (law enforcement) and civilian bystanders the skills and basic tools to stop uncontrolled bleeding in an emergency situation, lives would be saved.

Media members are invited to cover a portion of the event, or to attend the one-hour training to be certified as a Bleeding Control Basics Provider. For more information or to attend the training session, please call 973-9530 or e-mail