COLORADO SPRINGS – There are techniques even those who are not medics, doctors or first responders can learn to help save a life.
One of the trauma surgeons at UCHealth Memorial says the tragedy in Las Vegas is just one example of why everyone should learn how to apply pressure to stop bleeding.
An ambitious campaign by UCHealth Memorial is encouraging people across the community to learn this simple skill.
Dr. Abid Khan, a Trauma Surgeon at Memorial Hospital is helping train people who can in turn teach this technique to others. “The goal is to train the public on how to stop bleeding,” said Dr. Khan. This training is a part of a nationwide program to “Stop the Bleed.”
UCHealth Memorial education specialists say when this weekends training is complete the number of people available to teach this skill in the community will increase to 100. UCHealth hopes to eventually train the entire community.
In a scenario where hundreds are injured there will be less emergency responders than victims in need of one on one help. “The public can really help,” said Dr. Khan, “Just sit there, hold pressure. Someone will come help eventually. If you hold pressure and you consistent pressure, you can save a life.”
A person with injuries to certain arteries can bleed out in less than five minutes. “Pressure is going to stop 90% or greater of even life threatening bleeding,” said Dr. Khan.
To sign up and learn more about this please visit: https://www.uchealth.org/injury-prevention/