Stop the Bleed

Today’s guest blog first ran back in July. It comes to us from our friends at St. Luke’s Medical Center. We are running it again because we want to remind folks that St. Luke’s offers hands on training, every month, to help people deal with emergency situations. Check out the blog below and let us know what you think. Working together with our members to focus on the health issues affecting the people of our state is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

Would you know how to save a life on the scene of an emergency situation?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 180,000 people die annually from traumatic injuries sustained as a result of events including motor vehicle crashes, falls, accidents, natural disasters, and tragic mass-casualty events. Emergency preparedness has come to the forefront as emergency situations, especially natural disasters and acts of mass violence, become more prevalent.

Despite the resilience of the human body, a person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes. Bystanders are usually the first on the scene of a traumatic event, and research has shown that they can be the difference between life and death for an injured person.

Medical professionals and first responders are aware of the critical role these individuals play, especially in the event of a mass-casualty situation, which has made empowering them with the knowledge and resources necessary to save a life in the critical minutes between the onset of a life-and-death emergency and the arrival of first responders.

Open to the public, St. Luke’s Medical Center is hosting free monthly hands-on CPR training sessions, along with lifesaving tips to help someone in a bleeding emergency. The sessions are part of a national awareness campaign called “Stop the Bleed” that puts knowledge from first responders into the hands of everyday individuals to help save lives.

Held at St. Luke’s Medical Center’s Phillips Auditorium (1800 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ 85006), the hospital’s nursing staff, all of whom have been specially trained for this course by Maricopa County, will teach everyday people how to medically react in the event of an emergency, until first responders arrive. According to, more than 124,000 individuals have been trained by upwards of 15,000 instructors across the country.

The “Saving Lives with St. Luke’s” training sessions will be held at the hospital on the third Tuesday of every month. The remaining sessions for the year will take place:

  • Tuesday, November 20, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Due to limited space, RSVPs are required for every session. Space can be reserved online at by clicking on the “Events & Classes” tab. For large groups interested in participating, St. Luke’s Medical Center can host off-site training sessions similar to those delivered to local businesses and law enforcement.

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