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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.

Containing plastic gloves, gauze, tourniquets and easy-to-follow instructions, 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.

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.

“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.

Geisinger Trauma Services has trained 10,031 people through the program. Many organizations receiving kits have undergone training from Geisinger Trauma Services.

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.

“No one expects to be involved in a traumatic incident,” said Dr. Denise Torres, trauma services director for Geisinger. “Trauma from vehicle crashes, industrial accidents and deep cuts or wounds at home are far more common than trauma from violent acts. Being able to recognize traumatic bleeding and controlling or slowing blood loss until emergency crews arrive is critical.”

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.

Organizations receiving bleeding control station and individual kits in northeastern Pennsylvania include:

North Pocono Area School District: five bleeding control stations (40 kits); Pike County sheriff’s office: one bleeding control station (eight kits); Pike County training center: one bleeding control station (eight kits); Pocono Mountain School District: eight bleeding control stations (64 kits); Stroudsburg Area School District: seven bleeding control stations (56 kits); Honesdale Boy Scouts: one individual kit; and Pleasant Mount EMS: two individual kits.

On the front page, from left: Geisinger Community Medical Center trauma medical director Dr. John Mitchell, North Pocono superintendent Bryan McGraw; North Pocono science teacher Lindsay Croom; North Pocono assistant superintendent Dan Powell; North Pocono certified school nurse Lynn Heard; Geisinger Community Medical Center Trauma outreach coordinator Kathryn Bommer; and North Pocono High School principal Ron Collins.