A government-sponsored program inspired by the Boston Marathon attack that turns bystanders into first responders is now being taught at some schools.
“Stop the Bleed” teaches students life-saving skills, such as how to tie a tourniquet and apply pressure to wound in an emergency.
A victim can bleed to death within minutes following a gunshot wound. This program prepares students in the event of an accident.
“If we can educate them, we can then empower them,” said Dr. Eric Goralnick, Medical Director of Emergency Preparedness at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Dr. Goralnick and his collagues fully embraced the program after tragedy their hometown in 2013.
The Boston Marathon bombing took the lives of three indivduals, including more than 260 people injured. However, many experts credit the bystanders and civilians who first came to the rescue.
Doctors plan to make this program nationwide, providing each school with torniquets in the event of an accident or worse.