Wendy McEuen and the 8,000th trained Stop the Bleed student, Yanel.

Riverside, CA – Riverside Community Hospital is pleased to share they have trained 8,000 community members in Stop the Bleed. Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call-to-action intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

Riverside Community Hospital is a verified and designated Level I Trauma Center and is one of the largest and busiest emergency rooms in the region.  Since the hospital’s partnership in 2017 with Stop the Bleed, Riverside Community Hospital has been actively reaching out and providing free training on how to stop uncontrolled bleeding to public entities such as schools and large organizations. To date, Riverside Community Hospital has visited over 60 elementary, middle, high schools and colleges spanning Riverside and San Bernardino counties for training.

Several large organizations and government institutions, including the Riverside Police Department, Fort Irwin Army Base, California School for the Deaf, California Bureau of Investigation and Riverside County District Attorney Office, Division of Victim Services, have received training.  The 8,000 people trained is a culmination of over 350 individual Stop the Bleed classes.

The Stop the Bleed course teaches basic life-saving techniques in the event of a bleeding emergency.  Participants learn how to apply pressure to wounds with their hands, pack wounds and press and how to apply a tourniquet.  It also goes over how to use everyday objects, such as a necktie or backpack strap, as a tourniquet or to apply pressure.  These techniques help empower bystanders in an emergency to potentially save a life. Anyone who wants to learn how to save a life can take the course, from children to the elderly.

Riverside Community Hospital was the first hospital in the state of California to actively promote the Stop the Bleed initiative and registered with Stop The Bleed to offer courses to the public. Stop the Bleed is a free class provided by the hospital.  For more information on Stop the Bleed or to inquire about the course for your organization, please contact Wendy McEuen, Injury Prevention Outreach Coordinator, at (951) 788-3650.