‘Stop the Bleed’

  • Recorder/Paul FranzBaystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 5/17/2019 6:00:30 PM
Modified: 5/17/2019 6:00:17 PM

Consistently, unintentional accidents are near the top of the Centers for Disease Control’s yearly list of the country’s leading causes of death. 

An upcoming class at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield seeks to reduce that statistic. On May 23, as part of an awareness and training initiative called “Stop the Bleed,” trauma surgeons will teach students how to put on tourniquets, pack wounds and properly apply pressure to stop bleeding.

“This is a national campaign that came about after the active shooter tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School,” said Ella LaPrade, a nurse manager in the Greenfield hospital’s emergency department. The training course will begin at 2 p.m. with a 90-minute presentation and will end with about a half-hour of hands-on training. Among the topics that will be covered, LaPrade said health care workers will discuss “responding with limited equipment … a belt as a tourniquet, a shirt to pack a wound.”

LaPrade said many of the skills, which nurses and doctors use daily in the emergency room, are basic. However, the skills can be difficult to implement during high-stress situations and require practice. Because of that, LaPrade said that people from all backgrounds, including the medical profession, can benefit from the class.

“The more prepared we are for tragedies and mass casualty incidents, the better the survival rates. Unfortunately, we need to be as prepared as possible for horrible events that could happen in our communities,” LaPrade said. She noted the techniques can also be applied to everyday accidents.

To register for the Greenfield class, which begins at 2 and ends at 4 p.m. on May 23 in conference rooms B and C of the hospital at 164 High St. in Greenfield, email LaPrade at jaimeella.laprade@baystatehealth.org. 

Elsewhere, there will be classes held on the same day at the Agawam Public Library from 4 to 5:30 p.m.; Baystate Medical Center in Springfield from 9 to 11 a.m.; Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield from 9 to 10 a.m.; Williams College in Williamstown from 1 to 2 p.m.; the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club from 9 to 3 p.m.; the Wilbraham YMCA from 3 to 6 p.m.; and at the UMass Police Department in Amherst from noon to 1:30 p.m. or 5:30 to 7 p.m. For more information on those classes, email Ida Konderwicz, Baystate Medical Center’s injury prevention coordinator, at ida.konderwicz@baystatehealth.org.

The class is free, and participants should wear loose clothing and be prepared to work on hands and knees and to bend, stand and lift.


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