Stop The Bleed Classes Set for November 10th in Watford City


October 31, 2018 | View PDF

On Saturday, November 10th, the McKenzie County Health Systems will be offering Free Stop the Bleed Classes. The courses will be taking place during Women's Day Health Expo at the Rough Rider Center in Watford City, North Dakota. Starting at 9:00 a.m. the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Mary Aaland, a surgeon with over 20 years of experience from Fargo, ND, will be discussing the Stop The Bleed Program.

Dr. Aaland will be instructing the Stop The Bleed courses. She is motivated to teach participants that they can save a life if provided with the proper tools and education. She will be teaching Stop the Bleed certification courses at 10:35, 11:10, 11:45 a.m., and 12:20 p.m.

During the course, participants will learn how to act as an immediate responder in the case of a life-threatening bleed; the course includes how to apply pressure correctly, dress a wound, and apply a tourniquet. Participants will be trained to identify nearby tools such as a publicly placed bleeding control kit or everyday items that can be used to control bleeding, use their hands to apply direct pressure at the site of a wound to stop bleeding, pack a deep wound with cloth or gauze to control bleeding, correctly apply a tourniquet to an injured limb to stop bleeding, keep a victim calm until help arrives.

Stop The Bleed Classes are beneficial for everyone to attend. No matter how quick the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes; therefore it is essential to stop the blood loss immediately. Those closest to a person with life-threatening injuries are best positioned to provide immediate care.

Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign. The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma is promoting Stop The Bleed Classes in an effort to save lives by teaching and informing the civilian population how to stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations. Studies have shown that help given by an immediate responder can often make the difference between life and death, even before medical professionals arrive.

To register for a Stop The Bleed Class and other Woman's Day Health Expo events go to If you have any questions about the event you can contact Leslie Kelly at (701) 444-8661.


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