Latest mass shooting raises attention for national campaign to stop the bleed

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Before the shooting in Parkland, Florida where 17 people died at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, 20 young students and six adults lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary.

What happened in Newtown led to “Stop the Bleed.”

The national program now has a goal of preventing someone from bleeding to death.

“It’s critical in saving lives because it makes a difference to people who can be dying from loss of blood in two to three, five minutes which is typically before the arrival of first responders,” said Jeremy Fridling, a Quinnipiac University medical school student and paramedic.Related Content: Learning basic medical training for tragic situations

Fridling is among the 10 thousand certified instructors who are teaching trauma skills to those of us who are not so skilled.

“We know that these people are hopefully waking up feeling more confident going about their life and knowing they are able to do something if they are faced with an emergency like this. The big message of this class is compression so it’s all about keeping the blood in the body through compressions,” says Fridling.

The one hour class teaches direct pressure using both hands and features tourniquets and wound-packing with specialized gauze made by Wallingford, Connecticut-based Zmedica.

This is all done to train citizen responders on life-saving techniques.

“As a paramedic, it makes me feel happy and confident that the patient that I’m going to see has an even greater chance of survivability because they’ve already had this first aid delivered to them,” explained active first responder Leonard Guercia with Yale New Haven Health Center for Emergency Medical Services.

He said to get trained, be confident and be ready to respond when needed.

“When I come up on a scene, if it’s a terrible bus crash, or that shooting and there’s dozens of victims, there may be only a small number of rescuers, based on the community that you are in. And the more help we can have, the better,” Guercia stated.

More than 50 thousand people across the country have taken the class.

There are also Stop the Bleed kits available.

To find that as well as a class near you, head to www.bleedingcontrol.org.

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