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Learn how to save the life of someone bleeding to death

May 17, 2021

Join our Stop the Bleed training on Thursday

When a car crash, gun shot or deep cut lead to severe bleeding, the injured person can bleed to death in as little as five minutes – before first responders arrive.

If you saw it happening, would you know how to stop the bleeding and save a life?

Media organizations will have the chance to educate their own staff and the public at a virtual training this Thursday afternoon.

Since 2017, University Health, in partnership with the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council, STRAC, has been teaching our community how to respond. We have equipped more than 16,600 area people with simple, life-saving techniques through the Stop the Bleed program developed by the American College of Surgeons.

The program is so effective that in 2019 the Texas Legislature mandated it be taught to school employees and students across the state.

Prior to the pandemic, we offered free, in-person training for school districts and community groups. Now, we have developed a virtual program we will publicly launch this Thursday, May 20, on National Stop the Bleed Day. The City of San Antonio and Bexar County are issuing proclamations recognizing the day. We are inviting media organizations to join us for the first virtual training on that day and share these life-saving techniques.

Attached you will find information for creating your own Stop the Bleed kit. All of the items are inexpensive and easy to find. You can either make your own Stop the Bleed kit, or we can provide you with all the materials.

We encourage you to assemble the materials, take part in the one-hour class, then share your experience with the public. This summer we will offer virtual Stop the Bleed classes as well as in-person classes for groups. In some cases we can provide supplies, but the do-it-yourself kit opens this training to everyone.

We will offer the virtual Stop the Bleed class via Zoom this Thursday at 2:00 p.m. Sign up for the training by noon on Wednesday at Stopthebleed@uhs-sa.com. Create the bleeding control kit or let us provide one. Contact Shelley Kofler in Public Relations at 512-294-5224 for additional information.

Let us teach you how to save the life of a coworker, family member, neighbor or stranger who may be at risk of dying because of excessive bleeding.

For news media:

Our news team can help you find an expert to interview. Visit our Media Relations page for more information, or call 210-358-2335.