2YH: Are you prepared to stop the bleed and help in case of an emergency?

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - If you ever found yourself in an emergency situation, would you know how to identify a life-threatening injury? Could you make a tourniquet or pack a wound? If the answer is yes, you're a step ahead, but if it's no, you have a chance to learn how to stop the bleed.

The only thing more tragic than a death is one that could have been prevented, says Emergency Room Trauma Nurse Krista Ralls. Stop the Bleed is an event to gain citywide attention for a national campaign empowering others in the community to help save lives and help control bleeding.

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz was at the event this week to get his hands-on training. He told the crowd that during the November 30 earthquake, people didn't hesitate to go towards trouble.

Ralls said the group holds a community class the second Saturday of every month at Providence Medical Center. It's a free class and you can sign up through Facebook or Eventbrite. Anyone can attend and participate.

"Traumatic events seem like hours when they really only last minutes. The sooner you get help coming to you, the faster the event will be remedied," said Ralls.

The next Stop the Bleed class is Thursday, May 23 in the west auditorium at Providence from 4:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m.

Sign up for the next class here.

Email health topic ideas to 2yh@ktuu.com.

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