Stop the Bleed initiative

Stop the Bleed initiative

News Release
Contact: Anissa Paitz, PR Strategist
CHI Health St. Francis | 2620 W Faidley Avenue, Grand Island, NE
Office Phone: (308) 865-7983

Immediate Release

St. Francis bringing Stop the Bleed initiative to Grand Island

Grand Island, Neb. – No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will almost always be first on the scene of an emergency. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it’s important to quickly stop the bleeding process.

May 2019 is the first-ever National Stop the Bleed Month. In recognition, CHI Health St. Francis is offering free Bleeding Control Basics classes to the public including local businesses, schools and churches. St. Francis and Grand Island Fire Department will teach this 60-minute course, emphasizing simple bleeding control techniques such as tourniquet application, wound packing and applying pressure. The first class begins at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7 in St. Francis Conference Room 2/3, 2620 W. Faidley Ave.

Other classes are scheduled for:

§ Wednesday May 8, 6:30 p.m.

§ Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 p.m.

§ Tuesday May 21, 1:30 p.m.

§ Tuesday May 28, 12:30 p.m.

Over the past several years, St. Francis provided 100 automatic external defibrillators (AED) to local area businesses and groups. St. Francis Foundation is now providing 115 bleeding control kits with the goal of placing them alongside the AEDs. These “Stop the Bleed” kits will contain easy to follow instructions, gloves, gauze, compression wrap and a tourniquet. By participating in training, businesses will receive a free kit on a first-come first-served basis.

Class sizes are limited. Registration is required by emailing

Additional classes can be provided for businesses and organizations upon request. To make arrangements, contact St. Francis by calling 308-398-6507.

More about Stop the Bleed

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) in collaboration with National Security Council, the U.S. military, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and emergency medical response organizations convened to form the Hartford Consensus. The Hartford Consensus advocates that “no one should die from uncontrolled bleeding” with the goal to train everyone in the U.S. about what to do during a bleeding emergency.

Stop the Bleed, a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives, teaches bystanders the simple steps to take to keep an injured person alive until appropriate medical care is available.

The ACS also supports placing bleeding control kits in public places where large crowds gather, similar to the way that automatic external defibrillators are now found in airports and shopping malls for use by responders who have undergone cardiopulmonary resuscitation training.


Anissa Paitz
Public Relations Strategist
Marketing and Communications
CHI Health

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