SaferCare Texas hosts Stop the Bleed training event

Stop The BleedRecent school shootings in Dallas and Arlington have some school officials discussing what precautionary steps they can take to prevent further loss of life. These are just two of 14 school shootings this year that have resulted in injuries or death, according to data from Education Week.

SaferCare Texas is continuing its mission of eliminating preventable harm by offering Stop the Bleed Training, a free hands-on training that provides bystanders with the tools and knowledge to stop life-threatening bleeding.

From 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth’s patient safety-focused program will host the event on campus in the Medical and Education Training building. The training is open to the public.

“Uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma,” said Dr. Teresa Wagner, interim director for SaferCare Texas. “The more people who know how to control bleeding in the event of a bleeding injury, the greater the chances of surviving that injury.”

Active shooter situations are often finished within 10 to 15 minutes before law enforcement arrives on the scene, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

In these 10 to 15 minutes, the need for faculty and student bystanders who are trained and properly equipped to effectively provide life-sustaining medical care becomes essential.

“These skills are transferable outside of an active shooter situation. Life-threatening bleeding can happen anywhere,” Wagner said.

By registering for this event, participants will receive lifesaving equipment, hands-on experience and Stop the Bleed certification to provide essential care to the community.

“You can help save a life by knowing how to stop bleeding if someone, including yourself, is injured,” Wagner said.

Space is limited, but interested community members can register for the event here.

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