- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new program in West Des Moines plans to turn members of the public into first responders who can save lives by stopping people from bleeding to death.

The Des Moines Register reports (https://dmreg.co/2j8A5V3 ) that the Stop the Bleed program was launched by the Department of Homeland Security after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut, where 26 students and staff members were killed in December 2012. The program aims to train people for such emergencies and supply local businesses with bleeding control kits stocked with gauze and tourniquets.

David Edgar is assistant chief of West Des Moines’ Emergency Medical Services, and he says program wants to make knowing how to stop bleeding as commonplace as knowing CPR and the Heimlich maneuver.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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