As part of its commitment to the national Stop the Bleed campaign, Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) hosted a Stop the Bleed trauma training on June 25 for 25 civilian employees of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. In addition, a lifesaving tourniquet kit will be placed inside the center later this summer. The Stop the Bleed campaign was launched by the White House in 2015 and is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped and empowered to help in bleeding emergencies before professional help arrives.
Heavy bleeding as a result of serious injuries can be life-threatening, and therefore, it is important to control it as quickly as possible through application of a tourniquet. This training is especially useful for non-medical emergency personnel to assist the injured until professional help arrives.
“As a leading trauma center in the state, we recognize the need to equip our community with the training and resources they need to stay safe in emergencies,” said Gina Solomon RN, Trauma Program Director at GMC. “While we certainly hope the tourniquet kits are never needed, we are pleased to provide this lifesaving tool to help ensure the wellbeing of tens of thousands of citizens who visit the Justice and Administration Center every year.”
This donation of a tourniquet kit and training is the latest example of GMC’s ongoing effort to support the community through public outreach initiatives that promote health and wellness for all citizens. Since 2017, GMC staff have helped train community groups, school systems, businesses and government agencies. The hospital has also helped get kits into other prominent locations, including Coolray Field, Infinite Energy Center, Gwinnett County Schools and school buses.
To learn more about Stop the Bleed, visit https://www.dhs.gov/stopthebleed.