Editorial: Good time to learn Stop the Bleed, 'the CPR of the 21st century'

Our country endured another mass shooting, killing one, this week, this time in a Denver suburb at the STEM School Highlands Ranch, not far from deadlier mass shootings at Columbine High School and the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Given that our politicians can’t, or won’t, find a way to stop or even slow the rate of tragedies such as these, it makes sense to learn how to help someone who has been involved in a mass-casualty event, an assault or an accident that causes life-threatening bleeding.

May is National Stop the Bleed Month, making it a perfect time to get educated and to get training because anyone could find themselves in a life-or-death situation. The Stop the Bleed campaign was launched by the American College of Surgeons to teach everyday citizens techniques to control bleeding. Just as teaching members of the public to use portable defibrillators and CPR lets bystanders help someone in cardiac arrest until an ambulance arrives, the idea is that bystanders can also learn to stop severe bleeding before it’s too late, the website says.


Dr. Erin Andrade, a research fellow at Washington University who teaches Stop the Bleed calls it “the CPR of the 21st century” and encourages everyone to learn how to help. “It’s trauma first-aid,” she told Reuters news service. “It’s everything you need to know to stop life-threatening bleeding. With it, anyone can save a life.”

Carroll countians don’t have to go to Washington state to learn Stop the Bleed techniques. The Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a training for the public on Saturday, May 11 at 9 a.m. at the fire hall, 4224 Main Street, Lineboro.

EMS Captain Matthew Burgan said the training will run an hour to an hour and a half. One section will be a presentation and a second part will be a practical demonstration for practicing bleeding control techniques like putting on tourniquets and packing wounds. It will be taught by Lineboro personnel who are trained as instructors. No registration is needed. “This training is for any time someone suffers a life-threatening hemorrhage … it’s not just limited to active assailant incidents,” Burgan told us.

The training is open to everyone and there are no physical or educational requirements to attend. It’s not recommenced for children who are younger than middle school because they may not have the needed cognitive motor skills. Attendees should wear clothes that they don’t mind getting dirty. The simulations of injuries will be life-like and some may find them graphic. “It’s designed to target the immediate responder — the people that are on the scene,” Burgan said.

The difference between living and dying for a bleeding victim could be as simple as being around someone who has been trained in Stop the Bleed. A victim who is suffering from an arterial bleed can succumb to that injury in as little as three minutes, according to a news release from the fire company. Of the 5 million deaths worldwide caused by hemorrhaging, 16% could have been prevented by earlier recognition of bleeding and more rapid and effective hemorrhage control, the release said.

“We’re proud to have this as our inaugural event, but it’s our intention to offer this several times a year throughout the year and not just during May,” Burgan said.

We would encourage anyone to attend Saturday’s Stop the Bleed training and we are certain fire companies throughout Carroll will be holding similar trainings. For those who can’t make it Saturday, schedule a training by emailing To learn more about Stop the Bleed, visit