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Superdome employees prepare for mass shooter scenario

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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

Physicians are now taking steps to train civilians on how to save lives in situations such as mass shootings or a terror attack. The program is called "Stop the Bleed" and shared their life-saving tips, Tuesday, at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

New Orleans hosts some of the biggest events in the country, which is why Superdome officials wanted their workers to be prepared.

"We know the volume of large events that they host, and the potential, unfortunately, for a mass casualty incident," UMC Emergency Physician Jennifer Avegno, M.D. said.

"We see reports of mass casualties. It seems like every day, and we're so worried that something like that could happen here,” UMC Trauma Surgeon Rebecca Schroll, M.D. said.

Physicians taught Superdome employees some techniques to stop bleeding.

"Anybody can figure out how to save a life through bleeding control," Avegno said. 

The “Stop the Bleed” campaign started after the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in 2012.

Medical professionals first brought the program to New Orleans in July, and have already trained 1,000 people.

They're not just focusing on big arenas.

"All you need to do is look at the news this past week to understand that it could be a church, it could be a school, it could be a business,” Avegno said.

Organizers said they have already visited schools, and plan on going to churches as well to teach them these skills.

"We feel the need in New Orleans is so great because we have a high incidence of violent trauma to begin with," Avegno said.

The doctors volunteer their own time to put on the free training in the community.

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