In the event of a mass shooting or natural disaster, how many of us would know what to do to help keep others alive before help arrives? 

It can take less than three minutes for a person to bleed to death-- that's why acting quickly can save lives.

At Providence Hospital, they're offering a class that can teach people those skills. It's called "Stop The Bleed" and is designed to show average citizens what they can do to stop uncontrolled bleeding. On Tuesday, administrators at the hospital were taking the class, but trauma nurse Krista Guzman said the skills they were learning could apply to almost any situation.

"We hike, we fish, we have car accidents, we ride bikes," said Guzman. "So, this is an opportunity to help anyone, anywhere, in an immediate time frame to help save their life."

Guzman said, "Stop The Bleed is part of a national campaign that is finally coming to Alaska. Students are taught how to use a kit that includes a tourniquet but also how to improvise in an emergency. One of the biggest challenges? Getting people to look beyond the blood to help people who are in pain.

"As part of the education, we do show images of real injury. We also show them images of real-life settings that were developed to, in a way, desensitize them, for what they might see."

The free class is offered to the public this Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m. until noon at Providence. For more information or to pre-register, click here. You can also email safekidsak@providence.org.

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