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Classes open to public for National Stop the Bleed Day

SCRANTON, Pa. –  Geisinger Community Medical Center (GCMC) will host a day of free training sessions to teach the public simple steps on how to stop or slow life-threatening bleeding. Taught by members of GCMC’s trauma team, the “Stop the Bleed” classes are being offered to highlight National Stop the Bleed Day on March 31.

The courses will be held on Saturday, March 31, in the GCMC Professional Office Building, basement auditorium, 315 Colfax Ave., Scranton. Classes begin at 8 a.m. and will be offered every two hours with the last class starting at 4 p.m.

Part of a nationwide campaign launched by the White House, “Stop the Bleed” trains ordinary citizens – and potential bystanders – how to help during a severe-bleeding incident before medical and emergency professionals arrive on-scene. GCMC’s program incorporates techniques that include dressing the wound and the use of a tourniquet. 

Severe bleeding is a common cause of death during emergency situations and traumatic accidents such as car crashes, violence, and home or industrial accidents, with nearly 35 percent of fatalities occurring before victims even arrive at the hospital, according to the National Trauma Institute.

The program is open to the public and free of charge. Space is limited to 25 attendees per session, so pre-registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, contact GCMC trauma educator Kathryn Bommer, RN, at 570-703-7329 or
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