Hospital holds Stop the Bleed training marathon for the public

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Within minutes, Kelsey Palladino shows a room full of trainees how to stop a wound from bleeding out. 

“You never know when something is going to happen,” Palladino said. 

She says “something” could be a school or church shooting or a bad wreck where knowing how to stop someone from bleeding out can save their life.

“If they encounter an injury or an accident where someone is bleeding, what can we do?” asked Dr. Roger Nagy, medical director at TriStar Skyline Medical Center. “How can we safely take care of those people?”

Those skills were taught to a room of hospital staff and the public during a Stop the Bleed event at the hospital Thursday, which treats more than 3,000 trauma patients a year.

A class was held once an hour every hour from 7am until 7pm. 

Trainees learned how to identify life-threatening bleeding and how to stop it.

“How to correctly use tourniquets,” Nagy said. “How to directly apply pressure to wounds.”

“I would be able to know what to do, help control the situation,” said Andrea Geyer, a stay at home mom, who took the class. 

Geyer said an uptick in school shootings caused her to take the class.

“I have a young child and I have another one on the way,” Geyer said. “I feel like I want to be as prepared as I can be if there’s any type of emergency.” 

The hospital normally does Stop the Bleed training off-site.

“We’ve gone to prisons, schools, middle schools and high schools,” Palladino said. 

The hospital opened its doors to the public for the first time to train as many people as they can.

“If we’re in those situations, we don’t have to be helpless,” Nagy said.

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