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Blood loss is the leading cause of preventable death in multiple casualty events, like mass shootings, terrorist attacks and earthquakes. Significant external bleeding can also result from everyday events such as a motorcycle crash, or industrial accident.  Rapid control of bleeding at the scene of the event can be life-saving. That’s why we’re teaming up with Harborview Medical Center, the American College of Surgeons Washington State Committee on Trauma, and Seattle and King County EMS to ensure that:

  • Bystanders have skills and knowledge to provide immediate bleeding control to victims at the scene of an event.
  • Bleeding control supplies are located in all public gathering locations next to Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).
  • Bleeding control education is incorporated into our schools and workplace.
  • People know what to do in an active shooter situation

Harborview staff, including Dr. Eileen Bulger, Maria Paulsen, Anne Newcombe, Cheryl Stromberg and Laura Hennessey, along with medics from local fire departments, lead free Stop the Bleed training sessions throughout the year. Sessions are open to UW Medicine staff, members of the general public and community groups. The trainers also lead special sessions for companies and organizations, such as recent training for employees at the Woodland Park Zoo and Safeco Field.

Learn more and enroll for an upcoming training session.

Free training empowers private citizens to respond at the scene of a mass casualty event.

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