Brother Rice students learn life-saving skills with 'Stop the Bleed' training program

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CHICAGO — More than 100 students at Brother Rice High School learn another critical skill in their developing education: how to help save a life during an emergency.

The national "Stop the Bleed" training program was created by the federal government in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. After the shooting, investigators deemed that many lives could’ve been saved if teachers and administrators would’ve had the benefit of simple, advanced first aid training.

The average adult only has about a gallon-and-a-half of blood in their body, doctors say.  And it doesn’t take long to lose that life-giving fluid after a traumatic injury.

“You can bleed out massive amounts from some type of injuryfrom a motorcycle crash, shooting, car accident, even falling on a skateboard or bicycle,” said Michelle Dace, Advocate Christ Medical Center.

“And we know now from experience with the military as well as civilian trauma practice, that the earlier you can get hemorrhage control and limit that amount of blood loss, the better the patients do,” said Dr. James Doherty, Advocate Christ Medical Center.

“I think if everyone has a little bit of a general knowledge of how to do it, then I just think people, like the whole community, will be healthier and will save some lives," Brother Rice sophomore Jack Lausch said.

“You don’t want to panic in these situations. You want to know that you know what to do,” said Patrick Joseph Galeher, son and grandson of Chicago firefighter paramedics.

“You can save someone else’s life, but you can also save your own.”

For more information on Stop the Bleed, go to stopthebleed.org.

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