Oct. 12, 2019

The City of Lee’s Summit’s Health Education Advisory Board is hosting “Stop the Bleed,” a free life-saving training event on Oct. 19 at the Gamber Community Center, 4 SE Independence Ave. Three sessions will be offered at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. to train citizens how to offer aid in bleeding emergencies before professional help arrives.

The course will feature a short lecture followed by hands-on mannequin training, including the use of tourniquets and other techniques to control bleeding in an emergency. Those completing the course will receive certification.

Since its inception in 2015, “Stop the Bleed” has trained more than 500,000 people. The idea for the training program originated following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. A committee was formed consisting of the American College of Surgeons, National Security Council, Federal Bureau of Investigation and emergency medical response programs to enhance the chances of survival for victims of an active shooter or mass casualty event.

In addition to the Lee’s Summit Health Education Advisory Board, the “Stop the Bleed” event is sponsored by the Lee’s Summit Fire Department, Lee’s Summit Police Department, HCA Midwest Health, Mid-America Regional Council, Medical Reserve Corps of Kansas City and the Kansas City Medical Society.

Those interested in attending a free “Stop the Bleed” training session can register at cityofLS.net. For more information, visit bleedingcontrol.org.