If you were put in a situation where you needed to stop bleeding in order to save a life, would you know how?
Thankfully, there are free classes happening nationwide to help get you prepared.
It's National Stop the Bleed Day on Saturday, March 31.
National Stop the Bleed Day brings bleeding control instructors and students together for a day of training. It's done free of charge.
A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes.
Emergency responders will arrive as quickly as possible, but bystanders are almost always there first. Control of bleeding at the scene can be life-saving.
This class will give you the skills and knowledge to provide immediate bleeding control to victims. You'll learn how to stop bleeding, apply a tourniquet, pack an open wound, and keep the injured person alert and calm until emergency responders arrive.
Bryan West in Lincoln is holding a free, Stop the Bleed training. It will be held in the Gregorious Conference Center from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Again, the cost is free to attend, but pre-registration is preferred. You can register HERE. There will also be more events taking place in Lincoln in the following weeks.
CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney will also be offering a free one hour class. That will be held Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. It will be in the hospital's West Tower classroom. Class size is limited. For more information or to register, call 308-856-7684.
And for those of you in central Nebraska who can't make it to Kearney on Tuesday, there will be a class in Hastings on Saturday. It will at the Hastings City Auditorium from 10 a.m. to noon. Walk-ins are welcomed. For more information, call (402) 461-2350.
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