SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Would you know what to do if you came across someone bleeding heavily? So many lives were saved in Las Vegas by people who acted quickly to help the injured in the mass shooting.
Surgeons from Baystate Medical Center were certified Thursday to teach “Stop the Bleed” classes to members of the general public.
The Stop the Bleed campaign is a nationwide initiative created to empower bystanders to act as first responders and save lives until emergency personnel arrive. It began after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and has gained renewed attention following the tragedy in Las Vegas.
A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss in just five minutes. At Thursday’s classes, participants learned how to keep an injured person alive until appropriate medical care is available.
“This isn’t just for the horrible incidents that make the news,” Doctor Ronald Gross said. “It’s for anybody who may be injured and doesn’t have immediate access to medical care, but has people around who can help.”
Participants in future classes will learn how to apply a tourniquet and how to apply pressure to stop a bleed.