Stop the Bleed Campaign trains people to save lives

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - It only takes a matter of minutes for a person with a severe wound to lose too much blood and die.

That's why a national campaign called "Stop the Bleed" is training by-standers with skills that can help save lives.

The White House launched the project in partial response to the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Stop the Bleed is designed to train and equip people to save lives in emergency situations involving serious bleeding and to show people how to apply a tourniquet to a wound and stop the bleeding.

According to a recent National Academies of Science study, trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under age 46.

For more information on Stop the Bleed kits, you can click HERE