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