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Banner UMC hosting tourniquet-training as part of "Stop the Bleed" initiative

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Banner University Medical Center is now offering up two-hour classes on how to properly apply tourniquet. It’s all a part of the nationwide Stop the Bleed campaign.

Tucson Police officer Doug Wilfert can attest to the life-saving tool of a tourniquet.

On December 1, 2016, Wilfert was shot in the leg while serving a felony warrant at a south side apartment complex.

"They saw how much blood there was, they applied a tourniquet and potentially saved my life,” Wilfert said.

Office Jorge “George” Tequida was also injured in the incident. The suspect shot Tequida in the shoulder.

The suspect was killed in the incident.

"When Doug came in and the tourniquet was hurting more so than the actual injury, we know that it was placed properly,” said Melissa Daniels, a registered nurse at Banner UMC.

Medical professionals said a person can die from blood loss within five minutes.

"You don't have to be in the medical field to be able to take care of your friends and family,” Daniels said.

Trauma surgeon Dr. Andrew Tang urges the community to take advantage of the classes in a time where mass shootings and terrorist attacks have become commonplace around the world.

"It's very unfortunate that more of these events are happening throughout the country. We've experienced it such an event within our own community here in Tucson," Tang said.

The two-hour class provides the basic fundamentals of what one can do to stop a hemorrhage.

"Having the knowledge is always wonderful. We hope to never use it but having the knowledge so we can help ourselves and help our fellow human beings is always empowering,” Tang said.

As for Wilfert, he’s happy to be alive and thankful to those who came to his rescue.

Anyone can stop the bleed.

“You can either use it on yourself or use it on someone else -- a family member or a complete stranger just to help save a life,” Wilfert said.

To learn more about Stop the Bleed click here.

To sign up for Banner UMC’s tourniquet classes, email Susan.Kinkade@bannerhealth.com

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