Stop the Bleed: Bleeding Control for the Injured, a Free Training Program from Bassett Healthcare Network - August 28, 2023

By James Carrabba

Agricultural Safety Specialist

The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine & Health – NYCAMH


Becky Ann Sears

Injury Prevention Coordinator and Trauma Program Assistant

Bassett Healthcare Network

"Uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma."

It takes as little as five minutes of uncontrolled bleeding for a person to lose their life. That timeline makes it difficult for emergency medical technicians to arrive soon enough to control the bleeding and save lives — especially in our Upstate New York rural communities. According to the Stop the Bleed Coalition, 35% of pre-hospital deaths are a result of bleeding. Bystanders, often the first on the scene of an event, can be instrumental when properly trained and equipped to control major bleeding until first responders arrive.

Injuries can result from a wide variety of causes, including accidents or intentional harm, and in a wide variety of locations, such as your home or workplace. It is important that as many people as possible survive their injuries if they sustain trauma. The greater the number of people who know how to control bleeding in an injured patient, the greater the chances of surviving that injury. You can help save a life by knowing how to stop bleeding if a coworker, a family member, or even yourself is injured. In the Stop the Bleed training, you will learn the various ways to control bleeding, whether you only have your two hands to use or whether you have a full trauma first aid kit available to you.

Bassett Healthcare Network now offers free, no-cost Stop the Bleed training to farms and businesses anywhere in the eight County Bassett Healthcare Network area of Chenango, Otsego, Delaware, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, and Schoharie Counties. Stop the Bleed training is interactive and hands-on and is about one hour long. The program is delivered by Becky Ann Sears, Injury Prevention Coordinator and Trauma Program Assistant at Bassett Healthcare Network. To schedule a Stop the Bleed training at your farm or business, contact Becky at (607) 547-4812 or email at:

In addition to Stop the Bleed training, NYCAMH is always available to come to your farm and provide farm safety training and/or farm safety surveys.  Our on-farm safety services are offered at no cost, and all information is kept strictly confidential.  NYCAMH, a program of Bassett Healthcare Network, is enhancing agricultural and rural health by preventing and treating occupational injury and illness. For more information, call NYCAMH at (800) 343-7527, or e-mail:

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