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Stop the Bleeding Coalition teaches emergency response

Dr. Sharmila Dissanaike (Source: KCBD Video) Dr. Sharmila Dissanaike (Source: KCBD Video)

Stop the Bleeding - it's a campaign organized by first responders, law enforcement, the government and the American College of Surgeons in response to mass shootings and other tragedies with multiple victims.

The theory is even a bystander can save a life if they make an effort to stop the bleeding.

Dr. Sharmila Dissanaike, chief of surgery at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center says just like we have a first aid kit at home for cuts and bruises, we should also include a tourniquet and gauze in there.

She says, "You never know when you'll be the one there who could save your neighbor. Knowing how to stop bleeding is just the same as knowing CPR. It's going to save someone's life."

Dr. Dissanaike says every first kit should also contain gauze because even applying pressure with  two fingers over a bullet wound can stop the bleeding and save a life.

She says particularly out here in West Texas when an emergency may come in wide open spaces, it's important to know how to care for a wound until you can reach help.

Luckily, she says grant money secured in this campaign allows for demonstrations.

So if your school or organization would like to learn more, call the Trauma Center at UMC at (806) 775-9315 to schedule a presentation.

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