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Mountain Top Police Departments Receive ‘Stop The Bleed’ Training, Kits

February 27, 2019
Mountain Top Police Departments Receive ‘Stop The Bleed’ Training, Kits

Three Mountain Top police departments that underwent “Stop the Bleed” training from Geisinger trauma services received bleeding control kits from Geisinger for each of their patrol vehicles. The departments that received the training and received the kits were Fairview Twp., Wright Twp., and Rice Twp. The kits contain a tourniquet, six-inch emergency trauma dressing, compression gauze, scissors and an instruction card. The bleeding control kits are designed to be used by anyone to help control bleeding during a traumatic incident. According to the National Trauma Institute, 35 percent of fatalities occur due to blood loss before victims arrive at a hospital. Fairview Twp. police Chief Phil Holbrook noted that every member of his department already carries a tourniquet and each vehicle is equipped with a tourniquet. He said the kits are an important tool for the first responders. Since January 2017, Geisinger trauma services has trained more than 10,000 people through the national Stop the Bleed program. Now, Geisinger is providing more than 2,300 bleeding control kits, including 1,073 kits to locations in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Monroe, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties, to further arm first responders and residents in the battle against blood loss. Local schools, churches and public locations will receive wall-mounted bleeding control stations, containing eight bleeding control kits each. Individual kits are being provided to emergency responders, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops and community groups. There are also 166 individual tourniquets being distributed to local law enforcement agencies. “Uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death in someone who is injured,” said Dr. Brian Frank, Geisinger Community Medical Center trauma surgeon and co-chair of Geisinger’s Stop the Bleed program. “A person can bleed to death from an arterial bleed in 3 to 5 minutes. Being able to control or stop blood loss greatly increases a victim’s survival chances.” The kits supplement the nationwide Stop the Bleed training program. Launched as a collaboration between the Department of Homeland Security, the White House and other agencies, Stop the Bleed trains ordinary citizens — and potential bystanders — how to help during a severe-bleeding incident before medical and emergency professionals arrive on scene.  In total, Geisinger is providing 2,387 kits (277 bleeding control stations and 171 individual kits) to organizations throughout central and northeastern Pennsylvania. There are also 166 individual tourniquets being distributed to local law enforcement agencies. Geisinger trauma services offers free Stop the Bleed classes to organizations throughout the year. Geisinger’s Stop the Bleed program is a joint effort of Geisinger emergency medicine, trauma services, trauma outreach, Life Flight and Geisinger EMS. To learn more about Stop the Bleed, contact Geisinger at stopthebleed@geisinger.edu.