Stop the Bleed event 3-16-19

Participants learned how to quickly control bleeding and use a tourniquet. 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville woman who survived a mass shooting in Cincinnati is now helping other people save lives.

Whitney Austin was one of several people taking part in Saturday's "Stop the Bleed" event held at U of L Hospital.

She was shot several times when a gunman opened fire inside a Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati last year.

Austin and one other person survived, but three others were killed. 

At Saturday's event, participants learned how to quickly control bleeding and use a tourniquet. 

First responders say uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of death among trauma patients.

"We do this training at least once a week out in the community," said Annabelle Pike, with U of L Hospitals Injury Prevention. "Just teaching everybody from high school students, to people, places of worship, to employees at factories those simple techniques."

Last year, U of L's "Stop the Bleed" events helped train more than 1,000 people across the city.

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