WESTLAKE — September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. In recognition, representatives with the Calcasieu Medical Reserve Corps and the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Health and Human Services taught seniors how to address some medical emergencies at the Westlake Senior Center Monday.
Michelle Guidry with the parish Human Services Department spoke of the national campaign Stop the Bleed. The effort is to familiarize the public with methods to stop bleeding after an injury.
Representatives from the medical reserve corps demonstrated the use of a tourniquet, applying pressure to a wound, and wound packing. Participating seniors received a certificate showing they have been through the Stop the Bleed demonstration.
The campaign focuses on “The ABCs of Bleeding”:
A. Alert – call 9-1-1
B. Bleeding – locate the bleeding injury
C. Compress – apply pressure to stop the bleeding by covering wound with clean cloth and applying pressure or pushing directly on it with both hands, OR
Using a tourniquet, OR
Packing (stuffing) the wound with gauze or a clean cloth and then applying pressure with both hands.
“Life-threatening bleeding” describes blood that is spurting out of the wound, won’t stop coming out of the wound, is pooling on the ground, has soaked clothing or bandages, results from the loss of all or part of an arm or leg, or has rendered victim confused or unconscious.
For more information on this visit www.bleedingcontrol.org.
Guidry also presented a directory of Human Services Department Services and reminded the seniors of the upcoming free RAM, or Remote Area Medical mobile medical clinic set for Sept. 15-16 at the Lake Charles Civic Center.
The parking lot will open no later than 12 a.m. on Sept. 14 and 15, and numbered tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis beginning at 3 a.m.. Clinic doors open at 6 a.m. each day.
The mobile medical clinic offers vision, dental, and medical services based on first come, first served. No insurance or identification is required. The event is free and open to the public.