Area Health News: Hundreds of Bledsoe students, faculty trained to 'Stop the Bleed'

Area Health News: Hundreds of Bledsoe students, faculty trained to 'Stop the Bleed'

May 21st, 2018 by Staff Reports in Local Regional News

Health sciences teacher Tina Lutz, center, watches Tychicia Driver, left, practice putting a tourniquet on classmate Darianna King during a "Stop the Bleed" class at Brainerd High School on April 11 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Erlanger provided first aid training focused on slowing blood loss in trauma victims for the health occupations classes and interested faculty and students at Brainerd.

Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press.

Stop the Bleed program comes to Bledsoe County

In the last five months, more than 700 students and faculty across Bledsoe County Schools have been trained on bleeding control through Erlanger Health System's "Stop The Bleed" program.

Participants are taught how to recognize life-threatening bleeding and what steps to take to stop it, including direct pressure, tourniquet application and wound packing.

Erlanger offers Stop the Bleed classes free of charge to the public. To learn more or request a class for church, school, community or business groups, visit the Erlanger website.


Survivorship empowerment class Tuesday

CHI Memorial will host a survivorship empowerment class at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The free class is open to all cancer survivors, regardless of where they received treatment, and their caregivers.

Participants will learn about the role of exercise and nutrition in improving quality of life and reducing the chance of cancer recurrence. There will be a cooking demonstration and food sampling with dietitians from the Rees Skillern Cancer Institute.

For more information and to register, call 423-495-7778.


Lynch syndrome support group

A free support group for people diagnosed with Lynch syndrome and their families will meet from 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday.

Catherine Marcum, a genetics expert at CHI Memorial, facilitates the group, and Rhonda Edwards, licensed clinical social worker, will discuss and teach relaxation techniques.

Lynch syndrome is an inherited disorder that increases the risk for colorectal, endometrial and many other types of cancer. This group gives those affected an opportunity to talk with others on a similar journey.

The group meets once every quarter in the Rees Skillern Cancer Institute's Cancer Risk and Survivorship Center, Suite 307. To RSVP, or for information on cancer risk counseling, call 423-495-4363.


Metabolic and bariatric webinar

The Erlanger Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Center will offer a webinar from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday.

The care team will provide information on the disease of obesity, explain surgical and nonsurgical options and describe what to expect during the weight loss journey.

For more information, call the center at 423-778-2906 or visit

Stroke program recognized

Innovations in stroke treatment at Erlanger Health System received international recognition in the Wall Street Journal last week.

The business-focused newspaper published two articles on May 14 showcasing the latest technologies in treating stroke, which were developed at Erlanger.

The reports detailed the and the LUCID system that Erlanger neurology specialist Dr. Tom Devlin and the medical team helped develop. The work of interventional radiology specialist Dr. Harris Hawk, Erlanger neurologist Dr. Emily Decroos and Joe Winick, lead executive of the Erlanger Innovation Center, also was highlighted.


Trauma awareness

Erlanger Health System recognized trauma awareness month and celebrated 30 years of providing trauma services in the region as a Level I trauma center last week.

In honor of the milestone, Erlanger hosted an event showcasing the history of the program and three trauma survivors shared their remarkable stories.