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Mayo Clinic hosts "Stop the Bleed"

Participants learned how to use a tourniquet and pack a wound.

Posted: Dec. 12, 2017 7:04 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Mayo Clinic hosted a “Stop the Bleed” course to teach people how to treat severe injuries when disaster strikes.

One participant said she wanted to learn how to help victims.

“In light of all of the terrible things that have been happening – the mass shooting, what happened in New York yesterday – that it would be more important to have these skills and to know what I’m doing if a situation like that ever arose and I was in it so that I could help more than just keep myself safe,” Paige Mogilefsky said.

Participants learned how to use a tourniquet and pack a wound. They also learned the “ABC’s”: A for alert to call 911 for help, B for bleeding to find the source of the injury, and C for compress to apply pressure to stop the bleeding.

The instructor said the goal is to eventually have “Stop the Bleed” kits everywhere you see an AED. The kits include a tourniquet, marker, gloves, and gauze.

The course is facilitated through the American College of Surgeons.

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