Erie County

Stop the Bleed class teaches bystanders to help in an emergency


SANDUSKY – In the event of an emergency, a person who is bleeding can die from blood loss in less than five minutes.

In an effort to encourage and educate bystanders to become trained, equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency, Firelands Regional Medical Center is providing a Stop the Bleed class from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1.

“Participants learn not only how and where to apply a tourniquet, but also gets hands-on practice packing and applying pressure to open wounds on a manikin,” said Marisa Munafo, BSN, RN, education specialist at Firelands Regional Medical Center.

The cost to attend a Stop the Bleed class is $15 per person. Optional supplies, including tourniquets, will be available for purchase. The class will take place at Firelands Regional Medical Center South Campus, 1912 Hayes Ave., Sandusky, in the Education Room.

Those interested can register for the class online at

Other upcoming events at Firelands include:

Happiest Baby on the Block

Firelands Regional Medical Center will be offering the next Happiest Baby on the Block parenting class from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Erie County Health Department, 420 Superior St., Sandusky.

The Happiest Baby on the Block is based on the techniques of world-renowned pediatrician, Dr. Harvey Karp. Karp has been featured on Good Morning America, The Dr. Phil Show, ABC World News Tonight, CNN, and numerous national radio programs.

The Happiest Baby program is a national curriculum and is taught by a certified instructor. Among the essential information offered to participants, parents will be taught a step-by-step approach to quickly soothe the fussiest baby.  The methods are designed to increase sleep, parental confidence, and family harmony while decreasing stress, frustration, and exhaustion that many times are present when parents are adjusting to the changes a new baby brings.

Through the generous donation of Firelands Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, this program is free of charge to participants. Register online by visiting the classes and events at or by calling 419-557-7840.  Parents will receive a take-home kit (DVD and CD) valued at $40.

Vascular Screening

Firelands Regional Medical Center will be hosting a Vascular & Echocardiogram Screening from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Firelands Main Campus, 1111 Hayes Ave.

Screenings available include:

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening (8-hour fast required) – $40
  • Stroke/Carotid Artery Screening – $40
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening -$40
  • Echocardiogram Screening -$60
  • Osteoporosis/Bone Density Screening -$30

A package of two vascular tests is $75 and all three vascular tests are $110. If scheduling an Echocardiogram with a vascular test, you will receive $5 off the Echocardiogram. Appointments are limited and pre-registration is required. To register, please call 419-557-7410.

The Foundation for Firelands provides funding to make this program possible.

Stork Express

Firelands Regional Medical Center will be hosting Stork Express from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Firelands Main Campus in the Cardiac Education Room, 1111 Hayes Ave., Sandusky.

Stork Express is a free program designed to give pregnant women the opportunity to start on paperwork that is required during their hospital stay.  During the program, each participant will review and sign the necessary paperwork, watch the required safety video and take a tour of the OB Department. 

Stork Express helps to cut down on the amount of paperwork during admission, allowing the focus to be on the birthing process.  It also provides mom-to-be and her spouse/support person the opportunity to meet a nurse from the OB Department and ask any question that may be lingering as their exciting day approaches. Any mom-to-be that is at least 34 weeks into her pregnancy is welcome to attend.  A spouse/support person is also welcome and is encouraged to participate. 

Register online by visiting the calendar of events at The Foundation for Firelands provides funding to make this program possible.