MARIETTA, Ga. - It’s is a horrifying scenario. Bullets are flying and there are only a few seconds to act fast and keep someone from dying. What do you do in an active shooter situation? Experts said many don’t know, but they’re hoping programs like Stop the Bleeding will change that.
“You could be someone’s only hope,” Trauma Surgeon Dr. Nate Polite said
Dr. Polite is one of many medical professionals who came out to Marietta High School Monday to help teach the inaugural program which aims at teaching the necessary how to’s when someone is bleeding out after an injury.
“If we can train people, it increases the survivability of the patient,” Dr. Polite said.
So what do you do to save someone’s life? First, apply pressure to the wound. Then, depending on where the wound is, pack it or use a tourniquet to stop the blood flow. Parents like Shannon Collins said the information is crucial in times like these.
“Knowledge is power and we need to know what to do and what is the right decision to make,” Collins said.
The medical supplies needed aren’t always handy, but now they are thanks to a million-dollar grant. Twelve emergency kits will be placed in every public school in the state as soon as ten representatives from that school receive the required training.
“We’re trying to get the word out there and get people trained so we can get these in the schools ASAP,” Jamie van Ness, Trauma outreach, and injury prevention coordinator said.
According to Marietta Police, there will be another Stop the Bleeding event on March 29.
“We are giving the community the opportunity to get involved and by doing that we are being forced multipliers,” Major Jake King said.