OKLAHOMA CITY - Following a mass casualty event like the recent school shooting in Florida, many people are asking how they can help in emergency situations.
After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that killed more than two dozen people, a group of leaders from all walks of life came together to create the "Stop The Bleed" training course.
During a short training course, participants learn from professionals about treating injuries following a traumatic event. Participants learn about applying pressure to wounds and the proper way to tie a tourniquet.
“If you have this capability and this knowledge that you're never going to know when you're going to walk on to a scene or walk into a situation and have to use these skills and be the only person there,” Dr. Roxie Albrecht, Trauma Medical Director at OU Medical Center, said.
OU Medicine says bleeding is the leading cause of preventable death in a trauma situation, accounting for over 35% of prehospital deaths. That's why they say bystanders can be critical in life-threatening events.
"Since we sometimes can't stop the events, because you can't stop natural disasters, we need to teach people how to respond to the event," Dr. Albrecht said.
OU Medical will offer the free community classes throughout the year.
The program was created by the Hartford Consensus, a group of leaders from the American College of Surgeons, FBI, Major Cities Chiefs Association and Prehospital Trauma Life Support Program.