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UPMC Trains Spring Cove School District Employees How to ‘Stop the Bleed’

WHAT: UPMC Altoona Trauma Service is providing education to 275 employees of Spring Cove School District so more people know how to stop severe bleeding and save lives.

UPMC is leading the tri-state initiative as part of the “Stop the Bleed” campaign, the main focus of which is to train bystanders to assist people who have an active bleeding site as a result of injury. Participants are trained by UPMC and Copeland Regional Trauma Council (CRTC) trauma physicians, nurses and emergency medical services personnel during a two-hour course that teaches basic hemorrhage-control techniques, such as direct pressure to control bleeding and tourniquet application that greatly improves the chance of survival.

WHY: UPMC, Pennsylvania’s largest trauma system, is committing $1.3 million over three years for a community outreach program—teaching basic first aid for victims of severe blood loss from injuries such as gunshot wounds, mass casualty incidents, motor vehicle accidents and other traumatic events. “Stop the Bleed” is coordinated through the CRTC, which consists of the five UPMC trauma centers and seven other trauma centers in western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and the West Virginia panhandle.

  • Simon Lampard, M.D., medical director, UPMC Altoona Trauma Service
  • Betsy Baker, superintendent, Spring Cove School District
  • The 275 participants include: school administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals, custodians, maintenance workers and secretaries from the district’s high school, middle school and two elementary schools.
WHEN: Friday, May 5
  • 8 to 9 a.m., presentation by Dr. Lampard
  • 9 to 9:45 a.m., participants receive hands-on training
WHERE: Spring Cove Middle School, Auditorium, 185 Spring Cove Dr., Roaring Spring, Pa., 16673

Note to Media: To cover this event, prearrangements must be made by contacting Stephanie Stanley at 412-855-8690 or StanleySL@upmc.edu.

For information about the Stop the Bleed program, please visit STOPTHEBLEEDTODAY.com.

The UPMC Altoona Foundation provided $10,000 so Stop the Bleed Kits (tourniquets, gauze and other supplies to stop severe bleeding) could be provided to local area school districts, including Spring Cove. UPMC Altoona provided $41 million in charitable care, reduced-cost screenings, community education programs, and health-provider education last year, an average of more than $112,000 a day to improve the health and quality of life of all the communities UPMC Altoona serves.

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