Sentara Teaches ‘Stop the Bleed’

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By Helena Tavares Kennedy

The “Stop the Bleed” program at Sentara teaches people who aren’t medical professionals how to control bleeding in an emergency situation.

Dynette Rombough, RN, BSN, CPEN,  is Trauma Service Line Lead/Trauma Program Manager at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center. “The Stop the Bleed program is designed to teach community members to respond to medical events,” she said. The program can literally save lives by teaching bystanders how to respond in emergency situations and help control bleeding from injuries.

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma states that the program was “motivated by the 2012 tragedy in Sandy Hook. [These cases] generally present with severe bleeding which, if left unattended, can result in death. By providing first responders (law enforcement) and civilian bystanders the skills and basic tools to stop uncontrolled bleeding in an emergency situation, lives would be saved.” The Stop the Bleed program goal is to inform, educate and empower in emergency situations.

Find out when and where the next free, no-registration “Stop the Bleed” classes will be held.


Helena Tavares Kennedy ( is a Contributing Writer for Prince William Living.


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