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WWAMI Medical Education Co-Sponsors Free ‘Stop the Bleed’ Classes

January 15, 2019

The University of Wyoming’s WWAMI Medical Education Program, in collaboration with Ivinson Memorial Hospital, is offering free “Stop the Bleed” classes to the public.

“Stop the Bleed” is a national awareness campaign intended to encourage bystanders to become trained and equipped to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. The campaign aims to turn bystanders into lifesavers.

In many cases, bleeding is a preventable cause of death. The ability to recognize life-threatening bleeding and the ability to intervene effectively can save a life, organizers say. Whether the injury was a result of a mass shooting or a home accident, one person who is present at the right time with the right skills can make all the difference.

“Not only is knowledge of how to stop a person from bleeding critical in any situation but, with so many outdoor activities here in Wyoming, the chances for such an accident are quite high,” says first-year WWAMI student Ryan Winchell, of Cody.

The classes will be two hours each and will be offered monthly. Classes also can be scheduled privately for groups upon request. Class size will be limited to 24 students. Classes will be held in Room 459 of the UW College of Health Sciences Building; the first is scheduled Monday, Jan. 21, at 5:30 p.m.

Participants each will receive a bleeding control kit, which will consist of a tourniquet, wound packing materials and other necessary equipment. Due to the support of Ivinson Memorial Hospital, these kits will be given to “Stop the Bleed” class participants at no cost.

If you are interested in taking a class, you can visit to register and find out more information. Click on “Find a Class.” If you have additional questions, email Winchell at or call (831) 254-7926.

The WWAMI program reserves 20 seats each year for qualified Wyoming residents. Students accepted to the program spend their first year on the UW campus and the second year at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The third and fourth years are spent at selected clinical sites throughout the WWAMI region, which includes Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.

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