December 12th in the community room at the Health Department brought food, laughter, and yes, “rapping.” John Brinkley and a crew of helpers taught three classes of Stop-the-Bleed to the CMS17 group. The 62 students learned how to respond in the case of an uncontrolled bleeding from using a tourniquet to using compression bandages and “rapping” or, more accurately, wrapping wounds. Each class lasts about an hour, and the certification is good for a lifetime. Each facility that sent a representative to the training received a free Stop-the-Bleed kit purchased by the Knoxville East TN Healthcare Coalition.

Feedback from the event was very positive with many participants commenting that they really appreciated this class, and were considering buying additional kits for their facilities and personal use. Thank you so much to David Phillips, paramedic with Blount County AMR, Steven Stackhouse, firefighter with Rural Metro Fire Department, Beth Ross, Employee Health Nurse Manager and Clinical Educator with Knox County Health Department, and Angela Allred, Public Health Educator at the Knox County Health Department for assisting with the hands-on portion of the training.

If you are interested in taking a Stop-the-Bleed class or having an instructor come to your facility to train staff, please go to