Dignity Health to distribute ‘Stop the Bleed’ emergency kits throughout CSULB

The kits are intended to help victims in potential mass-shooting incidents.

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This story has been updated to include information from Dignity Health– St. Mary Medical Center (May 7, 2019– 6:16pm)

Being prepared for a mass shooting or major emergency is of top concern at Long Beach State University, according to school and Dignity Health officials in a press release this week announcing the use of emergency kits throughout the campus.

Officials with Dignity Health– St. Mary Medical Center announced Monday, May 6, the distribution of its “Stop the Bleed” program to the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) campus.

The kits contain Combat Application Tourniquets, gloves, gauze and bandages. They will be installed at nearly 40 locations across campus, where automatic external defibrillators are already in place, officials said.

The program is funded by the St. Mary Medical Center Foundation and a $7,500 grant from the Fanny & Svante Knistrom Foundation, according to the hospital.

“The moments between when an emergency occurs and when first responders arrive on scene can mean the difference between life and death,” a campus statement read.

University police have spent the last three years training more than 300 faculty and employees in “Stop the Bleed” classes, campus officials said.

California State University, Long Beach President Jane Close Conoley, along with representatives from Dignity Health and the Long Beach Fire Department, will demonstrate how to use the kits on Thursday, May 9, at 10am at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, 1250 Bellflower Blvd.