UCSF Fresno and Community Medical Centers Team Up to Teach Life-Saving Skills on National Stop the Bleed Day

FRESNO – Trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under age 46, according to a National Academies of Science study. Many lives, however, can be saved by stopping blood loss.

The UCSF Fresno Department of Surgery and Community Regional Medical Center Trauma Program are teaming up to teach life-saving skills to the public on Saturday, March 31, which is National Stop the Bleed DayThe free event will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Palm Room at Clovis Community Medical Center, 2755 Herndon Ave., in Clovis.

Registration is required. Space is limited. Register by Thursday, March 29 at:  https://nationalstopthebleeddaymar31.eventbrite.com

For more information, call (559) 459-5130.

Stop the Bleed is a national initiative and call to action launched by the White House in 2015. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. Bleeding emergencies are the most amenable to bystander treatment, but time is critical. A person can bleed to death in just three to five minutes. Many bleeding deaths, however, can be prevented when quick and proper first-aid treatment is rendered while waiting for professional medical help to arrive.

The goal of the UCSF Fresno and Community Regional Medical Center Stop the Bleed collaboration is to train as much of the Fresno area population as possible to recognize and stop bleeding as a result of vehicle accidents, home or office injuries and other emergency situations. The UCSF Fresno Department of Surgery and CRMC Trauma Program have offered 70 classes and trained more than 1,800 people to date.