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Stop the Bleed Program

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The only thing more tragic than a death… is if that death could have been prevented.

Bleeding is the most common cause of preventable death in trauma. It is possible for a person to bleed to death in less than five minutes. Emergency medical responders are not always on scene in time. By educating the public including civilian bystanders, police officers and teachers on how to recognize and stop life threatening bleeding, lives will be saved. Serious bleeding can occur anywhere including the home, work injuries and motor vehicle crashes. Everyone should know how to take the appropriate steps until help arrives.

Stop the Bleed is a national campaign to educate individuals on the current best practice to deal with life-threatening hemorrhage. It includes a presentation and hand-on skills practice to identify when bleeding is serious and three ways to help control bleeding.

The public has a huge opportunity to help save lives in their community. WellSpan Health York Hospital is offering FREE courses to interested parties. We have already trained police officers, schools, disaster response professionals, churches and more. For more information see below.

View the events calendar for upcoming Stop the Bleed programs.

Matter of Balance Program

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According to the CDC one in four Americans 65 years of age and older will fall each year. Falls, whether they occur with an injury or not have a large impact on quality of life. A growing number of older adults fear falling and therefore limit their social lives and activities. This can cause declines in physical ability, mental health and independence.

Matter of Balance is a free, evidenced-based, program offered through WellSpan. It has been shown to decrease the fear of falling and increase activity levels thereby reducing the risk of falling. It consists of eight, two-hour courses with a trained coach and eight to 12 participants. In the class participants will learn that falls are not a part of the aging process, how-to create reasonable goals to increase activity and lessen fall risk factors. After completing Matter of Balance participants report improved confidence in activities and their strength as well as experience fewer falls.

Individuals who could benefit include:

  • Those with a fear of falling
  • Have a history of falls
  • Would like to increase activity
  • Need to improve balance and strength
  • Age 60 years or older, can walk, and can problem-solve

Visit the events calendar for upcoming Matter of Balance classes.

To schedule a class call the Matter of Balance program at (717) 851-3082

For more information on both programs contact:

Kaitlin Bechtel BS, RN
Injury Prevention Coordinator

Jessica Hood MS, RN
Advanced Clinical Nurse Specialist