MCHD offers free “Stop the Bleed” classes to the public to increase safety

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Instructors teaching a stop the bleed class. Picture courtesy of MCHD.

The Montgomery County Hospital District is offering free Stop the Bleed courses for Montgomery County residents to help increase safety across the county. Since last year, MCHD has been teaching the classes to local school districts to help them comply with the new Stop the Bleed law in Texas, called HB 496, effective this month. It requires schools to provide bleeding control kits and training for employees in the case of an on-campus emergency. Now, MCHD has opened this opportunity to the general public in once-a-month offerings at its administration building at 1400 South Loop 336 West in Conroe, Texas, starting in February.

The class is motivated by the tragedy in December of 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. An active shooter killed 26 people, including 20 children. This event and others like it have motivated experts to push for more training for bystanders and the general public since first responders can still be minutes away when someone has uncontrolled bleeding. Help during that delay could and will save lives. The Stop the Bleed class details how to respond to these bleeding emergencies before help arrives.  

Stop the Bleed is a course created by the American College of Surgeons and encouraged by The Department of Homeland Security. MCHD also offers Stop the Bleed courses free-of-charge to area businesses, churches and other workplaces. To schedule a Stop the Bleed training course, please contact Ashton Herring 936-523-1146 or aherring@mchd-tx.org.

Montgomery County residents can also sign up for the classes held at MCHD via the MCHD website: https://www.mchd-tx.org/events/stop-the-bleed-3/. Classes will be held once a month starting February 6th from 6:00 – 8:00p.m. Other scheduled offerings include March 5th, April 2nd, May 5th and June 4th.

MCHD also continues to provide pediatric CPR, Adult CPR and Safe Sitter classes free-of-charge to Montgomery County residents.

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