HCHC holding Stop The Bleed training courses March 31

The only thing more tragic than a death from bleeding is a death that could have been prevented. Learning bleeding control techniques can mean the difference between life and death. Henry County Health Center has joined the Stop The Bleed national campaign to teach the general public these lifesaving techniques.

In an effort to educate the public on these important lifesaving measures, Henry County Health Center (HCHC) is participating in National Stop The Bleed Day on Saturday, March 31. HCHC staff will hold free Stop The Bleed training courses in the HCHC Danny Eversmeyer Training Center. The public can choose from one of the three class times offered: 10 a.m. to noon, 1 to 3 p.m., or 4 to 6 p.m.

This is a free course and registration is required by either calling Henry County Public Health at 319-385-6724, or registering online at Once on the Web page, click on the ?Find a class? tab at the top of the page. On the ?Class Search? page, simply type in ?Henry County Health Center? under the ?Refine Search? option and the three class options will be listed with registration available.

Class size is limited, so be sure to register early. At each class, a drawing will be held for a free Bleeding Control Kit.

This bleeding control training course is designed to encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped and empowered to assist in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. Massive bleeding with delayed response can result in death; victims can die within five to 10 minutes from uncontrolled bleeding, so quickly stopping the bleeding is critical.

Anyone at the scene of an accident can act as an immediate responder and save lives if they know proper bleeding control techniques, including how to use their hands, dressings and tourniquets. Similar to learning CPR, learning proper bleeding control techniques can save lives. is an initiative of the American College of Surgeons and the Hartford Consensus to help prepare the public to perform severe bleeding control on victims as soon as possible rather than waiting for emergency medical personnel to arrive on the scene. By training civilian bystanders as immediate responders who can perform external bleeding control at the time of an incident, wounded victims have an increased chance of survival.