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Stop the Bleed is a national effort established by the White House in 2015 as one response to the Sandy Hook mass school shooting three years before. It aims to arm civilians with skills and bleeding control kits to provide crucial aid in an emergency until medical professionals can take over. Bystanders are on the scene before first responders, and experts say bleeding remains one of the leading preventable causes of death for such victims.

Each time there is a mass shooting or other violent event — like the massacre of more than 25 people at a Texas church on Sunday and the Oct. 1 shooting in Las Vegas that has claimed nearly 60 lives — the campaign takes on greater urgency.

Thanks in large part to American Heart Association classes, more than 12 million people each year learn how to keep blood flowing through cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR. Yet few nonprofessionals train in how to stop blood loss.

Mercy Medical Center Trauma Services is teaching this class with the goal of getting the community comfortable with these life saving initiatives. The long-term goal of the program is to hold classes at police stations, churches, community centers, offices and schools, and to make bleeding control kits as common as defibrillators in public places.

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