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Classes sold out during El Paso ‘Stop the Bleed’ event

EL PASO, Texas -- Several classes were entirely sold out to Borderland residents during Saturday's 'Stop The Bleed' instructional event at the city of El Paso's 911 Regional Communications Building.

A total of four classes ran from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“People have really bought into it and after August 3rd, people really know it can hit home," said Dr. Alan Tyrock, chair of surgery at Texas Tech of El Paso.

The campaign was started in the aftermath of the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting.

Some of the days younger participants were in their mid-teens and seemed to have no problem picking up on the wound dressing and tourniquet techniques.

“I was wondering why my dad had me up at 6 a.m. for this," said Noah Salas. "But now I regret asking why because I really liked it.

A full medical kit for those types of wound closures usually range in price from $35 to about $50 dollars.

The need for such tools has become so important that some car manufactures have begun placing gauze bandages, tourniquets and other supplies inside of newly sold cars for a small additional fee.


Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is an ABC-7 reporter who co-anchors Good Morning El Paso weekends.


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