LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - On Thursday, students, faculty, and staff at Louisa County High School became better equipped to handle emergencies.

A ‘Stop the Bleed’ course was held on Thursday, in which several UVA students provided training to handle a life-threatening injury. 

“You really, truly never know when you're gonna be the one who needs to make that difference,” said Ryan Thomas, third-year University of Virginia nursing student. “The course was created after the Sandy Hook massacre and it was created to empower people to respond to life-threatening bleeds in that like 3 to 5-minute time frame when it really counts.”

If someone loses just half a gallon of blood in that time, they die. Attendees at Louisa County High School learned how to stop that blood loss by packing wounds or using a tourniquet.

Amaya Green, a senior certified nursing assistant, said, “When I first walked in I thought tourniquet were something that you shouldn't be using cause it would potentially harm the tissue of your skin.”

Thomas introduced the idea of the ‘Stop the Bleed’ course.

“My first day of clinical here we had a lockdown drill and so I asked a lot of questions and got into a really good conversation about how our preparation and response is like totally just to lock ourselves in a room and we don't ever address like what to do next if something were to happen,” said Thomas

Students in the certified nursing assistant classes, teachers, and school resource officers are prepared for a worst-case scenario anywhere they go.

Green said, “It can help anybody because things can happen in society today anywhere anytime. You know you could be at home, you could be at the mall, you could be at the movie theater you know school. Things aren’t quite as safe as you think they are and you never see what’s coming so it’s important to be prepared.”

In addition to teaching the ‘Stop the Bleed’ class, Thomas secured a grant to give the school 8 bleeding control kits with gauze, tourniquets, and other supplies.