MDMH to present 'Stop the Bleed' class Feb. 25

Applying plenty of pressure directly on a gaping wound for ten minutes may stop the bleed and save a life while far from medical services. A one-hour class will teach the critical information to save lives on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital.

A national “Stop the Bleed” program was created after the 2012 tragic Sandy Hook event, where emergency medical providers recognized that if more people knew how to stop massive bleeding probably 50% fewer lives would have been lost.

Dr. Josh Waggener, a general surgeon at MDMH who has been an EMT and first responder, said being prepared to assist at the scene of an accident can save a life.

He said the average person’s blood pressure is 120 over 80 so the amount of pressure has to be higher than 120 millimeters of mercury to stop the bleeding.

That takes pressure and it takes time.

“People do a great job for the first five to 10 seconds but then they get tired because they aren’t positioned well,” Waggener said. “If it drops below, starts bleeding and blows the blood clot out they have to start all over again. Basically in order to get the blood to clot you have to stop the flow out through the injury, and then by stopping the flow it allows it to clot and form a plug so that the blood no longer goes out the blood vessel.”

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