Maybe you’ve taken a CPR class and know the basics of how to help someone who is having a heart attack.

However, would you know what to do if you’re the first to respond when an injured person is rapidly losing blood?

All too often, it’s a spouse, child or family member who is the first to respond when someone is gravely injured and must wait for an EMS unit, which in rural areas could be several miles away.

A national educational effort, called “Stop the Bleed,” aims to train as many people as possible how to prevent an injured person from bleeding to death before they get to a hospital.

Iowans are invited to learn “Stop the Bleed” first-aid basics at the 2019 Iowa State Fair. UnityPoint Health, in cooperation with the Iowa Clinic and the Iowa Farm...