Washington County Medical Reserve Corps hosts Stop the Bleed training initiative

The Washington County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), in partnership with Regions Hospital, hosted two “train the trainer” sessions and certified 10 MRC Stop the Bleed facilitators in early April, and in coming months, the Washington County MRC will offer several Stop the Bleed training opportunities through Community Education at three school districts in the county.

Since becoming certified facilitators of the Stop the Bleed training, the Washington County MRC members have hosted 11 trainings throughout Washington County and have trained 78 individuals, including residents, Washington County MRC Volunteers, Girl Scouts and Washington County employees.

The Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment collaborated with Washington County Emergency Management and Washington County Risk Management to identify specific high risk job classifications within the county. MRC volunteers then trained all employees in these positions, as well as placed tourniquets in key work spaces, including first aid kits, logging kits and Sentence to Service crew vehicles.

In the United States, uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma. This compelling statistic is one reason the Washington County MRC, a volunteer unit of medical and non-medical professionals residing within Washington County, moved to institutionalize the Stop the Bleed training within the MRC Unit.

Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call to action intended to encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped and empowered to intervene in bleeding emergencies until help arrives. This campaign has quickly expanded across the nation, and has been promoted by FEMA, National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, the U.S. Fire Administration, the U.S. Department of Defense, the American College of Surgeons and other organizations. 

This training is not intended to increase fears and anxieties; on the contrary, it is intended to provide everyday people with the knowledge they need to confidently intervene to save a life. Uncontrolled bleeding may result from car and motorcycle accidents, active shooter situations, hunting accidents, work-related injuries and farm injuries, among other possibilities. The training empowers members of the community to feel confident in knowing the signs of life threatening bleeding, and then utilizing the correct technique to ‘Stop the Bleed’ until help arrives.

To learn more about this initiative, see www.bleedingcontrol.org. To inquire about attending a Stop the Bleed training or to learn more about becoming a member of the Washington County Medical Reserve Corps, contact the Washington County MRC Coordinator at phe@co.washington.mn.us.

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