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Why more civilians are now learning military-grade techniques for saving lives
Washington Post

 Laura Auel winced as Clif Castleman tightened a bright orange training tourniquet around her upper arm. “There we go,” Castleman said as he constricted the veins and arteries in the 21-year-old college student’s right arm.

“In some cases, and in some I’ve done in real life, people have said the tourniquet hurts more than the wound itself,” Castleman explained to nearly 50 residents of Poolsville, Md., gathered in an elementary school cafeteria.

“It definitely did hurt, my hand started to go a little numb,” said Auel, who attended the course in December with her mother. “I think in light of recent events in the news, we all felt strongly about being prepared.”

 Once reserved for the battlefield, military medical techniques such as tourniquet application are becoming more widely taught to civilians. Castleman is a volunteer instructor for the Stop the Bleed campaign, which trains the public in simple hemorrhage-control techniques that could save lives in an accident, mass shooting or terrorist attack.