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Community members learn how to save lives at the “Stop the Bleed” program

Posted at 2:25 PM, Mar 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-30 21:59:21-04

Teams at two local medical centers are teaching community members how to save lives in critical situations during the “Stop the Bleed” event held on Saturday morning.

Medical professionals at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo and Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton helped educate participants at the event about how to deal with trauma and uncontrolled bleeding during an emergent situation.

The courses taught community members how to control bleeding while waiting for first responders to come to the scene.

Teams said learning these skills will help reduce blood loss and increase the chances of surviving a traumatic injury.

“I think it’s one of those situations you don’t ever want to be in, but if you do find yourself in that position, then you just have the skills to empower you to be able to intervene because nothing is scarier than being in that position and not knowing what to do,” said Deanna Porter, trauma program manager at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center.

“Stop the Bleed” started as a call-to-action campaign to bring awareness about the importance of bystanders being trained to assist in bleeding emergencies.