DENVER – If you found yourself in the midst of a mass casualty event like the Las Vegas shooting massacre, would you know how to assist others while you wait for help to arrive?
Denver Health’s Paramedic Division is holding a series of free classes to train people in how to be an effective “immediate responder” who can help stop serious bleeding and save lives.
The classes will cover how to recognize severe bleeding and then intervene by applying pressure and creating a tourniquet.
“Trauma victims can quickly die from uncontrolled bleeding, often within five to 10 minutes of the incident,” Denver Health Paramedic Division Assistant Chief Justin Harper said. “Comparable to how community members learn and perform CPR, they should also learn proper bleeding control techniques which can help them act as immediate responders to help save lives.”
Classes run for an hour and 15 minutes and will be held every evening from 5 to 6:15 p.m. between Oct. 23 and Oct. 27.