A national campaign born in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting hopes to educate everyone about the importance of responding to a bleeding emergency before medical personnel are present.

Regional Medical Center emergency medical staff held demonstrations as part of National Stop the Bleed Day May 23, in the hospital’s River Ridge Pavilion.

May has been designated Stop the Bleed Month. According to RMC’s Jeanette Riniker, the initiative’s goal is to teach people how to help someone who has suffered a traumatic bleeding injury.

“Doctors who treated victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting proved that perhaps some of the children may have had their lives saved had they had someone who could have responded quickly and stopped their bleeding,” Riniker said.

Twenty-six people, including 20 children, were killed when a school shooter entered Sandy Hook Elementary School Dec. 14, 2012.

Uncontrolled bleeding is a major cause of preventable death, with approximately 40% of trauma-related deaths worldwide due to bleeding or its consequences. Evidence shows that a severely injured person can die in five to 10 minutes from uncontrolled bleeding. The goal of the Stop the Bleed training is to keep the blood inside the body.

During the hands-on demonstration at RMC, visitors to the display learned bleeding control methods such as how to apply a tourniquet and how to pack a wound.

Riniker said an accident can happen anywhere at any time.

“The farming community is one of the biggest areas where you might have severe bleeding due to an accident. With only five to 10 minutes to respond, someone could die before first responders can get there.

“Anything people can do to help at the scene of an accident until EMS or paramedics can get there can help,” Riniker said.