Just as everyday people learn to perform CPR, the public should learn proper bleeding-control techniques, including how to use hands, dressings and tourniquets.
Victims can die from uncontrolled bleeding in five to 10 minutes. However, anyone at the scene can act as an immediate responder and save lives if they know what to do.
MedStar is offering a free Stop the Bleed class from 1-3 p.m. May 19 at MedStar headquarters, 2900 Alta Mere Drive. The course is free, but registration is required.