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St. Charles Trauma Prevention Program

St. Charles Bend is a Level II Trauma Center, the only one east of the Cascades. St. Charles Redmond is a certified Level III Trauma Center, and St. Charles Prineville and St. Charles Madras are Level IV Trauma Centers. We have one of the most extensive coverage area in the continental United States spanning from the Columbia River Gorge, east to Idaho and down into parts of Northern California. Our hospitals are affiliated with AirLink for emergency transportation. We serve nearly 1,000 trauma patients annually – around a quarter of which are pediatric. Our services include definitive trauma care for severely injured patients with 24/7 support from the AirLink Critical Care Transport helicopter and fixed-wing airplane, as well as ground ambulance service. 

Community Outreach Programs  

Trauma Nurses Talk Tough (TNTT)

Trauma Nurses Talk Tough was developed in 1986 by three trauma nurses who wanted to put an end to the carnage they saw every day as a result of unnecessary injuries and deaths. TNTT empowers people of all ages to take control of the risks in their lives by teaching them simple ways of changing their behavior. The program is aimed at individuals or groups associated with programs such as driver education courses, court-ordered classes that include DUII and safety belt diversion and family education programs. 

Stop the Bleed (STB)

Our instructors will teach you live - in person, using training materials specially developed to teach bleeding control techniques. They will not only instruct you, they will be available to check your movements as your practice three different bleeding control actions. They will keep working with you until you demonstrate the correct skills to STOP THE BLEED and save a life.  

  • What you'll learn 
    • What stops bleeding? In a STOP THE BLEED course, you'll learn three quick techniques to help save a life before someone bleeds out:
      • (1) How to use your hands to apply pressure to a wound;
      • (2) How to pack a wound to control bleeding;
      • (3) How to correctly apply a tourniquet. These three techniques will empower you to assist in an emergency and potentially save a life.  
  • How long is a STOP THE BLEED course? 
    • Our STOP THE BLEED courses last no more than 90 minutes. A formal presentation is followed by hands-on practice of applying direct pressure, packing a wound and using a tourniquet to stop bleeding.