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Stop Life-Threatening Bleeding
- no certification
Emergency Care for Severe Bleeding (1 – 1.5 hrs.) $24 per person
Why you need to take this class
If you follow the news, you know that there are more and more intentional acts of violence occurring in our world. Plus, there is accidental violence that could happen at any time.
Will such violence ever happen to you, or to others around you? Of course, this is impossible to predict.
So now, like it or not, we all have a civic responsibility to get educated. We all need to be prepared to at least attempt to stop severe bleeding (life-threatening bleeding) and, hopefully, save a life.
What you will learn
While most bleeding is not life-threatening, some of it is. This class covers the basics of how to recognize a medical emergency and what to do until help arrives. We will discuss the Good Samaritan Law, as well as how to protect yourself from disease transmission while giving first aid care.
In this one hour class, you will learn what you can do to help control bleeding (or, “stop the bleed,” as it’s often called). We will practice using nitrile (non-latex) gloves, including how to take them off properly, without contaminating yourself. Going beyond the simple bandaging taught in First Aid classes, we will also practice applying a tourniquet and packing a wound (using hemostatic dressing) to stop the bleed.
Although this class is based on information taught in CPR-Twin Cities, American Red Cross and American Heart Association classes, this is an abbreviated class. Therefore there is no certification. And, to be clear, the techniques taught in this class are considered to “best practices” in bleeding control. That said, there is no way to guarantee a positive outcome.
As with all classes, we recommend that you read class descriptions and check with your employer, school, professional organization before registering, so you’re certain that this class will meet their specific requirements.
The prices listed listed on this page are for a minimum of six students per class. To maintain our high standards for exceptional personal attention, we limit our Stop Severe Bleeding/Life-Threatening Bleeding Control classes to a maximum of 15 students.
Booking and Paying for a Class
Once a date is chosen, and a number of students is determined, a letter-of-agreement will be emailed to you. To confirm your class, the agreement needs to be signed and returned, along with your payment (in full). Payment may be made by check or through PayPal (using either a PayPal account or any major credit card, with a 3% surcharge).
If unsure about the number of students who will be attending, you can pick a number as low as six as your minimum for the agreement, and then add more later (but no less than two days before class, so we have time to prepare). The price of those additional students is slightly higher ($5 per person). Payment for any additional students is due on the day of class.
Our per-student pricing for this class is already discounted for groups. In addition, there is a 10% discount off that discounted price if you:
- book and pay for training for at least 25 students (in more than one class session, to maintain the per-class maximum); or
- book and pay for your class at least 60 days in advance.
Since short-notice classes are more complicated to coordinate, there is a 10% surcharge on classes scheduled and paid for less than 14 days in advance, and a 25% surcharge on classes scheduled and paid for less than seven days in advance.
While delivery is free for most classes held in Minneapolis, St. Paul and their first-ring suburbs, there is a minimum delivery charge of $45 per session for classes held beyond the first ring of suburbs. Due to time- and labor-intensive logistical factors in high-density areas, there is a $100 delivery charge for CPR classes held in downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul. (Discounts and surcharges have no effect on the delivery fee.)
*All prices are subject to change without notice.
While it’s always best to take an in-person class, where you’ll have the opportunity to get hands-on experience in a controlled environment, here are a few very good videos with step-by-step instructions on applying a tourniquet:
Here’s a video from North American Rescue that instructs both how to use and how to store a combat application tourniquet (CAT):
And here’s one with good advice about how to store your CAT tourniquet, so it’s ready to deploy when you need it.