Physician assistants arriving in Niagara Falls will learn to teach bystanders how to “stop the bleed”

Workshop participants will undergo training so they can help turn civilian bystanders into first responders

NIAGARA FALLS, October 22, 2019—Physician assistants from across Canada will arrive in Niagara Falls next week to learn techniques to stop life-threatening bleeding during a traumatic event like shootings or explosions.

Two “Stop the Bleed” workshops are being delivered as part of the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants annual conference, happening in the city between October 24 and 27. After participating in the course, the PAs will be trained to effectively deliver the workshop to members of the public when they return to their home communities across Canada.

“Stop the Bleed” is an awareness and training campaign that originated with the American College of Surgeons and is now delivered in Canada by Sunnybrook Hospital. In the workshop participants will learn about bleeding control and get hands-on opportunities to practice direct pressure techniques, packing wounds, and using a tourniquet.

“A person can bleed to death in as little as five to eight minutes,” said Andrew Lim, a certified physician assistant from Sunnybrook who is delivering the workshop along with three co-facilitators. “When a bystander in a tragic event has the skills to control bleeding right away, it can mean the difference between life and death.”

“Stop the Bleed” is known as trauma first aid and has been called “the CPR of the 21st century”, offering participants everything they need to know to stop life-threatening bleeding and save a life.


“Stop the Bleed” instructor workshop
Interview, photo, and filming opportunities will be available onsite

Physician assistants attending the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants Annual Conference

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Workshop One: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop Two: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Marriott on the Falls, 6755 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls

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