UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital, Area Ambulance and the Cedar Rapids Fire Department are partnering to host two free community events on National Stop the Bleed Day, which is March 31.
The events will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital, 1026 A Ave., NE, Cedar Rapids in the A Ave. Lobby and from 1-3 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Main Fire Station, 713 1st Ave SE, Cedar Rapids in the main lobby. Community members are encouraged to attend to learn these lifesaving skills.
Stop the Bleed is a national program that started in 2015 in response to national events like the Boston Marathon, which resulted in mass casualties. One of the most preventable causes of death is uncontrolled bleeding. It is meant to teach the public what to do if they are ever in a similar situation. These lifesaving skills can also be used for injuries such as work-related accidents, farm accidents and motor vehicle crashes. These free classes will include hands-on skills using tourniquets and dressings.
Participants will have the opportunity to sign up to receive one of 32 Stop the Bleed kits, which will be give out every 15 minutes at each location. The kits, valued at $60 each are made possible thanks to generous donations from St. Luke’s Foundation and Area Ambulance.