This Thursday, officials will put out Stop the Bleed kits throughout the Long Beach State University campus as a precaution in case of a mass shooting or major emergency.

The Stop the Bleed kits contain "combat application tourniquets," gloves, gauze and bandages. The kits will be placed next to automatic external defibrillators already scattered around campus.

These kits are part of a disaster preparedness program developed by Dignity Health-St. Mary Medical Center, and are being donated by Dignity Health to the university. A $7,500 grant from the Fanny & Svante Knistrom Foundation helped pay for them, St. Mary officials said.

The central part of the kit is the Combat Application Tourniquet (CAT), a true, one-handed tourniquet proven to be 100% effective by the U.S. Army’s Institute of Surgical Research. It was developed after calls from the Department of Homeland Security for better preparation in case if mass casualty events.

Being prepared for a major incident is a high priority, campus officials said. In an effort to prepare people on campus, university police have spent the last three years training more than 300 faculty and employees in Stop the Bleed classes, according to a release.

At 10 a.m. Thursday, LBSU President Jane Close Conoley will be joined by Long Beach Fire Department personnel and St. Mary nurses and a trauma surgeon at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center to demonstrate how to use the kits.

Harry has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for more than 26 years. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 35 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

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