May 23, 2023
Dallas — In observance of National STOP THE BLEED® Day on May 25, Medical City Healthcare is offering free STOP THE BLEED community training sessions at 13 sites across North Texas. The program empowers the public to learn simple bleeding control techniques that can save lives.
The training was planned prior to the shooting tragedy in Allen, Texas, where bystanders and good Samaritans reported using STOP THE BLEED training and techniques to save lives.
Uncontrolled bleeding from trauma is a significant cause of preventable death for people of all ages. Someone with a severe bleeding injury can bleed to death within minutes without proper intervention, according to the American College of Surgeons (ACS), which developed the STOP THE BLEED program. The hour-long course with hands-on training teaches people to recognize a severe bleeding injury and follow three simple steps after calling 911: apply pressure with hands, pack the wound with gauze or clothing and/or apply a tourniquet.
“The recent tragedy in our own community reinforces the importance of empowering trained bystanders to take life-saving action in emergencies to improve survival chances for people with severe bleeding,” says Allen Harrison, Medical City Healthcare president. “Training our neighbors to STOP THE BLEED is another way Medical City Healthcare cares for our community.”
Medical City McKinney will host the central classroom portion of the training from noon to 12:30 p.m., which will be transmitted virtually to participants at the other training sites. Each participant at all training locations will then practice a checklist of hands-on skills, assisted by trauma coordinators from Medical City Healthcare hospitals, EMS providers and STOP THE BLEED-trained volunteers. Training sites will include Medical City Alliance, Medical City Denton, Medical City Lewisville, Medical City North Hills, Medical City McKinney, Medical City Plano, Collin College, the Collin County Sheriff’s Office and Cottonwood Creek Church, as well as fire stations in Allen, Lake Cities, Little Elm, Lucas and McKinney.
Community members may register online for the May 25 STOP THE BLEED training at one of the participating sites using these links:
- Medical City Alliance
- Medical City Denton
- Medical City Lewisville
- Medical City McKinney and other McKinney/Allen/Lucas sites
- Medical City North Hills
- Medical City Plano
As one of the region’s largest providers of hospital services, Medical City Healthcare has 11 trauma centers and medical experts specially trained to provide treatment and care to severely injured patients. The health system handled 634,000 emergency room visits in 2022.