Debi Tuggle said she hears stories every month where someone has used the “Stop the Bleed” technique, taught in one of her classes, and saved a life. Such an opportunity is coming to Town.
“It will be the best hour they ever spent,” said Tuggle, R.N., injury prevention/pediatric trauma coordinator at the University of Tennessee Medical Center who teaches Stop the Bleed classes.
“This class truly empowers and teaches citizens — anyone of any age and with no medical background — how to recognize and stop life-threatening bleeding because uncontrolled bleeding, and hemorrhage, is the No. 1 cause of preventable death in our society,” she added.
Town of Farragut is hosting a free Stop the Bleed training and certification class beginning at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Farragut Town Hall. Registration options are online at townoffarragut.org/register, in person at Town Hall or by calling 865-218-3375.
Last day to register is Monday, Dec. 10.
“We’ve had students as young as 7 and as old as 97 take the class,” said Tuggle, who will be assisted by her staff. “Anything from a general accident in the home to a motor vehicle collision to a mass shooting or a national disaster, you never know when you might be the person faced with helping someone in a time of need.
“This is one of those classes that once people take it, they walk away going, ‘Wow. I really feel like I could help somebody if they needed it,’” she added.
Students get an overview of what life-threatening bleeding looks like — emphasizing someone could bleed to death in three to five minutes if the danger is not recognized.
The second part of the class is hands-on direct wound packing, direct pressure and tourniquet application “because anyone can set a tourniquet,” Tuggle said. “It’s just a matter of practicing and being comfortable with one.”