“Stop the Bleed” Campaign Aims to Reduce Deaths from Mass Shootings by Teaching Utahns What to Do When Shooting Stops

Uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of death after a mass shooting and similar mass casualty events. Severe bleeding can cause shock or death within five or 10 minutes — before medical help arrives. That’s why the Intermountain Medical Center Trauma Program is hosting a “Stop the Bleed” class to teach members of the public how to stop bleeding in cases of mass injuries.

“No one knows how many of the 58 victims from the Las Vegas shooting might have lived if their bleeding had been stopped quickly. But stopping uncontrolled bleeding can swiftly save lives after a tragedy like that,” said Mark Stevens, MD, a trauma surgeon at Intermountain Medical Center’s Level I Trauma Program.

“Stop the Bleed” is a national injury prevention initiative aimed at teaching members of the public how to control a major hemorrhage before EMS crews arrive — because no matter how quickly emergency responders arrive, bystanders will always be first on the scene.

Two “Stop the Bleed” classes are being held at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray this month to teach people how to act quickly when a life is at stake.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7-8 p.m.

12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017
Intermountain Medical Center 
Doty Education Center – Bldg #6
5121 South Cottonwood Street, Murray

With 58 people killed and hundreds more injured, the shooting in Las Vegas on October 1 marked the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. According to police timelines, the shooting lasted for 10 minutes – but the uncertainty on the ground below made it difficult for first responders to quickly reach everyone who was injured.