Sacred Heart Hospital offering free bleeding control course for public

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January 02, 2019

Pensacola, Fla. — Sacred Heart Hospital trauma surgeon Dr. Eric Roberts will present a free Bleeding Control Basic Course designed to train the public on what to do in a bleeding emergency and cover the ABCs of bleeding as a method to stop an active bleed.


Mass casualty incidents, like shootings in schools and other public places, have become a reality of life. Too often those on the front lines of these emergency situations are bystanders who lack the medical training and equipment to treat the victims, said Roberts.


“Knowing how to stop bleeding can help save a life, including your own,” he said. “Uncontrolled bleeding is the No. 1 cause of preventable death from trauma. The greater the number of people who know how to control bleeding in an injured patient, the greater the chances of surviving that injury.”


The bleeding control course is part of the Stop the Bleed campaign developed by the Department of Homeland Security after the Sandy Hook mass school shooting in 2012 to empower the public to become trained and equipped to help stop bleeding before professional help arrives.


The course includes a class presentation and hands-on skills demonstration on tourniquet application, wound packing, and pressure application. At the end of the course, participants will receive a certificate and will have the opportunity to purchase a personal tourniquet.


The course is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 11 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the Greenhut Auditorium at Sacred Heart Hospital Pensacola. The event is free, but registration is required. To register, go to and in “Find by Class” field, type “Bleeding Control.”

Mike Burke
(850) 416-1153