Posted by on March 27, 2018
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(by Melissa Hartman) – The Santa Clara Valley Medical Center trauma team will teach high school students interested in medical careers how to stop a bleed and potentially save a life at their medical campus tonight.

Physicians and nurses will teach a “Stop the Bleed” class in the campus’ Valley Specialty Center as a part of the national campaign to “empower individuals to act quickly” in emergency situations.

“Uncontrolled bleeding injuries are most often the result of everyday accidents, and around the country, the result of natural and manmade disasters,” event organizers said.

Trauma Center director Dr. Adella Garland emphasized the importance of students learning with hands-on training in order to stop severe bleeding in the case of being there before first responders in tragedies like car crashes.

“The reality is that for the first five or 10 minutes after a trauma injury, the person who is going to save you is there with you,” Garland said in a statement.

Students in the medical center’s Explorer Program will learn the benefits of improving public awareness about stopping severe bleeding and expanding access to Bleeding Control Kits so that deaths can be prevented.

The class will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Basement Conference Room of the Specialty Center.