LAFAYETTE, Indiana - Franciscan Health is providing free training to various organizations throughout Western Indiana to empower bystanders to act as immediate responders in case of an emergency. The goal of the training is to raise awareness of life-saving strategies and provide public access to bleeding control tools.
Training is being provided through Franciscan Health Lafayette East's injury prevention program. This program focuses on reducing the burden of trauma in the community. To schedule training, please contact Regina Nuseibeh, trauma program manager with Franciscan Health Lafayette, at (765) 502-4412.
Franciscan Health Lafayette East Trauma Center has been verified as a Level III Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.
Along with training, trauma kits will be provided with funding from the Franciscan Health Foundation. "Having the basic life-saving skills to respond in trauma situations is critical knowledge in today's world. Franciscan Health Foundation is pleased to award $5,000 to support our 'Stop the Bleed'; community training program by providing trauma kits to businesses and school systems. To receive the kits, they need to complete our training within Western Indiana, including Crawfordsville, Lafayette, West Lafayette and Rensselaer," said Sandy Howarth, executive director of Franciscan Health Foundation. "Stop the Bleed" is a national awareness campaign and a call to action.
Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss. Those nearest to someone with life-threatening injuries are best positioned to provide first care.