You don’t have to be a Boy Scout to see the wisdom in being prepared for any number of emergency situations you might encounter. As a trauma surgeon at Portneuf Medical Center, I’ve seen the effects of falls, car crashes, gunshots and stab wounds.

All of those events happen away from the hospital where the actions of those first on the scene make a big difference on the eventual outcome.

Sometimes those first responders are emergency medical personnel. But more often, they are friends and family of the patient or simply a Good Samaritan.

The most important skill a person at the scene of a traumatic event can possess is the knowledge of how to stop someone from bleeding.

In the event that you ever find yourself in an emergency situation, it is good to be prepared and know what to do.

I will be a part of a free community education class called “Be Prepared in Emergency Situations and Stop the Bleed.” This nationwide program teaches you how to confidently help stop bleeding during an emergency.

Also joining us that night will be Michelle Butterfield from the Southeast Idaho Public Health Department and Kim Stouse with the Pocatello Fire Department. They will be talking about falls and fall prevention.

As a trauma surgeon, it’s my job to be prepared for the worst-case scenario. With this community education, you can be better prepared to make a difference should the scenario arise.

This free community seminar will be held in the Pebble Creek Conference Room at the Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello on Thursday, May 23.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; the presentation begins at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. To reserve a seat, visit or call 208-239-2033.

To learn more about Portneuf’s upcoming seminars be sure to like Portneuf Medical Center on Facebook.

Drew McRoberts, M.D., is board certified in general surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is Trauma Director at Portneuf Medical Center. He has practiced in Pocatello since 1995.