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Stop the Bleed Campaign:

Bleeding injuries are the second leading cause of trauma related deaths in the county. Studies have shown that uncontrolled blood loss was the leading cause of preventable death among troops who died on the battlefield or in military treatment facilities. Excessive and uncontrolled bleeding can result in death in less than five minutes, often before trained responders are on the scene. Lancaster General Hospital, a Level 2 Trauma Center, is leading Lancaster County in the nationwide campaign Stop the Bleed, to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives. 

The Stop the Bleed Campaign provides education to the community with basic tools and information on the simple steps that can be taken in an emergency situation to stop life-threating blood loss.

Since the nationwide launch of the campaign in 2015, organizations and businesses across the county including the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, American College of Surgeons and airports have signed on to teach civilians basic lifesaving techniques. In addition to offering training for the public, campaign supporters are working to make tourniquets and bleeding control kits commonplace in schools, stadiums, airports, malls, and other places to reduce the causalities from mass trauma incidents.

Stop the Bleed Campaign has even been featured in local news media for its role in educating the community for emergency preparedness.

To learn more about hosting a Stop the Bleed course, please email Ernie Powell at epowell2@lghealth.org.

Lancaster General Hospital offers classes Tuesday evenings at 5:00 PM from November 14, 2017 through May 29, 2018. To register for an upcoming class at Lancaster General Hospital, please click here.


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