'Stop the Bleed' Shows First Responders How to Do So

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--A life-saving technique taught firefighters how to "stop the bleed" Wednesday.

Mercy Hospital led the program at the Springfield-Branson National Airport.

The class is meant to show how you to stop uncontrolled bleeding--  no matter the circumstances.

It's the leading cause of preventable death after trauma.

"Stop the Bleed" is a campaign created by the White House and national security council. This course stems from lessons learned by military responders in war zones. The class includes when to properly pack a wound and apply pressure or create a tourniquet but this type of training isn't just for professionals. 

"What this can really do is teach and empower the average person to be able to intervene and stop that life-threatening bleeding and save a life, said Keith Schaefer, Director of Trauma Program, Mercy. "Because, it takes several minutes for emergency crews to respond."

These classes will be open to the general public at mercy later this month.


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