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Doctors say tourniquet saved officer's life, now they want you to learn

Posted at 2:53 PM, Feb 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 14:57:06-05

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — It's what doctors credit with saving the life of an officer after he was shot Wednesday while serving a warrant in Baltimore.

Proper bleeding control techniques, like knowing how to use your hands to apply dressings and tourniquets to stop rapid bleeding are becoming very important for the public to learn.

Teaching this has become a mission for Shock Trauma's Chief Physician Thomas Scalea.

"Tourniquets save lives, there is a course [Shock Trauma] is happy to teach you, and I will not rest until every citizen of Baltimore has and MD has taken this course," said Scalea following the shooting. "It's called Stop the Bleed because next time, maybe it's your family member and you too will be able to help save their life."

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Shock Trauma offers training's at their location twice a month.

Since University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center launched their program, they've trained more than 10,000 people.

The University of Maryland Medical Center will also have a team at the B'More Healthy Expo on March 7, where they'll be training participants between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

You can click here to sign up for the training.