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UTHealth hosts ‘Stop the Bleed’ event to train students how to respond in emergencies

HOUSTON – (Oct. 30, 2017) – Experts report that bystander assistance made all the difference in saving lives after the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Faculty members at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) will train 80 students how to use “Stop the Bleed” kits to try to save the lives of people in life-threatening medical emergencies. Students will also assemble bleeding control kits for placement across campus. The event is hosted by UTHealth’s Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management team in partnership with the Student InterCouncil.

WHAT:           “Stop the Bleed” student training and kit assembly

Faculty instructors at UTHealth will train students from across the university’s six schools how to recognize life-threatening bleeding and stop it with “Stop the Bleed” kits, including hands-on training with manikins. The students will then assemble 150 kits, each containing a bright orange tourniquet, scissors, gauze and gloves, which will be installed alongside the Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) located in each of UTHealth’s buildings.


Robert Emery, Dr.P.H., vice president of safety, health, environment and risk management at UTHealth

Sasha Adams, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and surgeon at Memorial Hermann Red Duke Trauma Institute

Elda Ramirez, Ph.D., R.N., professor in the Department of Acute and Continuing Care at UTHealth School of Nursing and emergency center nurse practitioner

Stephen Simington, student at UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics

Lauren Leining, student at UTHealth School of Public Health

WHEN:           Nov. 2, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

UTHealth faculty instructors and students will be on site with “Stop the Bleed” kits as early as 4 p.m. if you would like get interviews and images before the event.

WHERE:         Cooley University Life Center, 7400 Cambridge St.

Designated media parking is available in the small lot next to the circle drive on Cambridge St.

To secure media parking, schedule interviews or photo opportunities, call UTHealth’s media hotline at (713) 500-3030.

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