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Delaware Legislators to be Trained in Lifesaving Techniques on May 10

The State Trauma Committee is spearheading Delaware’s Stop the Bleed training session on Thursday, May 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Senate Hearing Room in Legislative Hall in Dover, Del. The training is a joint effort between emergency and trauma directors and nurses from every hospital in Delaware.

The State Trauma Committee will be instructing legislators on multiple lifesaving techniques, which include applying tourniquets, packing bleed wounds and using adjunctive clotting methods, with and without medical materials. There will be 22 trauma and emergency room doctors and nurses who will lead the 15-minute instruction sessions throughout the event.

“The purpose of this event is both to raise awareness of the State Trauma Committee and to equip legislators with the necessary skills and knowledge to save lives in the event of a mass casualty or tragedy situation,” said Dr. Sandra Gibney, emergency room physician for Saint Francis Healthcare. “The collaboration between all of the hospitals in Delaware has been tremendous to prepare for this event,” she acknowledged. Dr. Gibney and Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long introduced the concept to the State Trauma Committee earlier this year.

The Stop the Bleed Coalition is a national event created by the American College of Surgeons that is being brought to the state level, circulating through many other channels in Delaware.

For more information about this event, please call Samantha Raftovich at 302.575.8283.