Methodist Hospital Union County is participating in Stop The Bleed, a national
campaign started by the White House to address the most common cause of
preventable trauma death in the United States: uncontrolled bleeding.
Twenty percent (20%) of people who have died from traumatic injuries could
have survived with quick bleeding control. The purpose of the campaign
is to better prepare the public to save lives by raising awareness of
basic actions to stop life threatening bleeding following everyday emergencies
and man-made and natural disasters.
Massive bleeding from any cause, but particularly from an active shooter
or explosive event where a response is delayed can result in death. Similar
to how the general public learns and performs CPR, the public must learn
proper bleeding control techniques, including how to use their hands,
dressings and tourniquets. Victims can quickly die from uncontrolled bleeding,
within five to 10 minutes. A course was designed and funded by the Department
of Homeland Security in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012.
Belinda Burnette, RN, BSN, Emergency Department Supervisor, who also oversees
Emergency Preparedness at Methodist Hospital Union County, said, “March
31 was designated National Stop the Bleed Day but we got a head start
on the initiative by beginning to train first responders in our county.
On March 15, we held training at Morganfield Fire and Rescue, followed
by a class on March 21 at Sullivan Fire and Rescue. Sturgis Fire and Rescue
will receive training on Saturday, April 12.”
Burnette noted, “We are also working with the Union County Board
of Education to get all teachers trained in the school system, as well
as Union County law enforcement employees.”
The training will also be offered free of charge to the public. “Anyone
in the community, from farmers to factory workers, could benefit from
completing this training that only takes less than an hour to complete,”
she added. “We will be glad to set up a class here at the Hospital
upon request. The first five or 10 minutes after a trauma injury, the
person who is going to save you is often the person right beside you.”
To arrange a Stop the Bleed class, contact Burnette at 270-389-5050 or
email her at