SCF Offering Lifesaving Classes

(Bradenton, Fla., Sept. 18, 2018) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) has joined with the American College of Surgeons and the Committee on Trauma to offer lifesaving classes on bleeding control to faculty, staff and students during the fall term.

The American College of Surgeons, in response to the growing number and severity of mass shootings, developed a “Stop the Bleed” curriculum to train civilians on how to prevent someone from bleeding to death. According to the group’s research, uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of “preventable death” from trauma. Local Eagle Scouts have brought the seminars to churches and clubs. Classes also have been held at some of the University of South Florida campuses. 

The class is led by SCF’s Department of Public Safety, Blake Medical Center and Manatee County Emergency Services. Participants learn to immediately call 911, find the bleeding injury or injuries and apply pressure, use a tourniquet, if necessary, and how to stuff gauze or a clean cloth inside the wounds and then compress the site until help arrives.

The classes will be held at SCF Bradenton at 10 a.m. Oct. 10 or 2:30 p.m. Nov. 6; at SCF Lakewood Ranch at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 26 or 10 a.m. Nov. 15; or at SCF Venice at 11 a.m. Oct. 26 or 2:30 p.m. Nov. 29.

For more information, contact Jamie Smith, director of communications and marketing, at or 941-780-5075.

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