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Tragedy can happen in an instant, and in the aftermath of the recent school shootings, trauma experts at OU Medicine are offering a free course on how to save the life of someone bleeding to death through a program called “Stop the Bleed.”
Following a traumatic injury, major blood loss is responsible for more than 35 percent of prehospital deaths and more than 40 percent of deaths that occur within the first 24 hours of hospital admission, according to the National Trauma Institute.Training surgeons in bleeding control techniques so that they can train the general public is an effective way to disseminate bleeding control knowledge and teach skills, according to study findings published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
Doctors and nurses at the Trauma One Center at OU Medical Center are joining with the American College of Surgeons to provide simple lifesaving training for local churches, businesses and schools as part of a national initiative called “Stop the Bleed.” The “Stop the Bleed” course was developed following the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The program’s focus is that with the proper training, anyone can save a life after an injury such as a laceration or bullet wound. Simple tactics such as how to apply pressure to a wound and using a tourniquet properly will be taught to those who attend.