It only takes minutes for a person to bleed to death, but if a bystander is trained to manage blood loss until an emergency responder arrives, it could save a life.

Stop the Bleed is a nationwide campaign designed to teach and equip bystanders with training to manage massive blood loss until professional help arrives. Nacogdoches Medical Center will offer residents a few opportunities this fall to take the training.

“It makes a huge difference for survival for the patient,” said Dr. Chris Klingenberg, emergency medical director for Medical Center and primary instructor for Stop the Bleed

Free training for the public will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 22, Sept. 26, Oct. 17, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12 in the board room of the hospital, said Leigh Anne Carver, Medical Center community and employer relations manager and organizer of the local Stop the Bleed campaign.

“The importance of learning it is you’re more likely to use it in your day-to-day life,” Klingenberg said. “Whether you come across a car accident, a broken window or some kind of accident, you’re much more likely to have these skills in your day-to-day life. The skills and techniques are very simple, even for children.”

Recently, the hospital hosted Stop the Bleed courses at area schools to train employees in the latest life-saving techniques in accordance with House Bill 496 that passed in June.

HB 496 requires each school district and open-enrollment charter schools to implement a bleeding control kit.

Kits must be in easily accessible areas of campus, and employees reasonably expected to use the kit must receive training.

A bleeding control kit is required to include a tourniquet and other life-saving equipment. School districts will conduct annual inspections of the kits, and must restock the kits after use.

“It’s very important to have the tools available in an event, but these are still rare events, but the tools are very useful in case of emergencies for the teachers,” Klingenberg said. “The state mandate is for those direct events. But these are still very rare events.”

Those interested in the training should contact Carver at leighanne.carver@tenethealth.com or 936-553-0598.

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