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Memorial Hospital training people how to help bleeding victims

October 2, 2017 Updated: October 2, 2017 at 5:44 pm
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FILE - Memorial Hospital North on Tuesday, October 23, 2007 (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

Another mass shooting in Colorado Springs is a matter of "when," not "if," a Memorial Hospital specialist said Monday in the wake of a Las Vegas massacre that was the biggest in the U.S. in modern times.

"It's not really a matter of 'if.' It's a matter of when the next event happens here," said Lori Morgan, injury prevention specialist at Memorial.

So Memorial, like trauma centers around the country, is offering one-hour trainings on how to stop bleeding during an emergency, especially an active-shooter situation. People can bleed to death in mere minutes, yet it's one of the most preventable causes of death, Morgan said.

So Memorial has trained 50 surgeons, firefighters and hospital employees and will train another 50 on Saturday, she said, so they can train others at schools, arenas, libraries and businesses, in hopes of making the lesson as commonplace as training in CPR.

One person can save a life before medical personnel arrive, thus also reducing the stress on first responders, she said. For example, if 40 people are wounded but only three paramedics are available, medical personnel can become overwhelmed, she said.

"An hour to save a life. Is that worth it? I think so."

The classes are free, and participants are certified. Those interested in getting a class for their office, venue or business can contact Morgan at injuryprevention@uchealth.org.

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