Redmond rolled out our first Stop the Bleed Class on November 18, 2017 at Fire station 17. Previously, students would have had to attend this class in Seattle at Harborview Medical Center.
Massive bleeding from any cause, but particularly from an active shooter or explosive event where a response is delayed can result in death. Similar to how the general public learns and performs CPR, the public must learn proper bleeding control techniques, including how to use their hands, dressings, and tourniquets. Victims can quickly die from uncontrolled bleeding, within five to 10 minutes.
The course is an initiative of the American College of Surgeons and the Hartford Consensus designed to help prepare people to stop traumatic bleeding in the event they are witness to one of these unspeakable events.