COLORADO SPRINGS — UCHealth’s Memorial Hospital Foundation and Memorial’s Injury Prevention and Research Institute (MIPRI) [uchealth.org] presented 175 Stop the Bleed [stopthebleed.org] kits this week to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. The kits will ensure deputies in El Paso County – a geographic area nearly double the size of the state of Rhode Island – have tools they may need to help save a life in traumatic emergencies where the Sheriff’s Office may be the very first to respond on scene.
In the case of traumatic injuries, time is of paramount importance, especially in remote areas of the county where emergency medical personnel may not be immediately nearby. The Stop the Bleed kits contain supplies needed to help control bleeding until medical help arrives. These kits include a tourniquet, sterile gauze, gloves, a marker and an instructional card. Uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma. But unlike CPR, Stop the Bleed training has only recently become mainstream.
“Opportunities like this, where we can provide education and supplies that may help save a life, are central to our mission at UCHealth,” said Joel Yuhas, CEO of UCHealth’s southern Colorado region. “Collaborating with and supporting the work of our officers is another way we can collectively better serve El Paso County.”
The kits provided to the Sheriff’s Office were assembled earlier this month at the Memorial Administrative Center by volunteers with the Pikes Peak chapter of the National Charity League.
“We are so grateful for this generous donation from the Memorial Foundation for these lifesaving Stop the Bleed Kits," said Sheriff Bill Elder. "These will allow our deputies to immediately administer lifesaving measures until paramedics arrive. In some cases, medical personnel could be 20-30 minutes away.”
UCHealth offers free Stop the Bleed training to the public through MIPRI. To register for a class, go to: https://www.uchealth.org/events/events/ [uchealth.org] and type “stop the bleed” in the search bar.
If you or your organization is interested in receiving this free life-saving training, simply reach out to Lori Morgan who says, “You can call me at 719-365-2872, or you can go to injuryprevention@uchealth.Org. So either email me or call me and we'll talk and get you on the schedule.”
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