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Community education is essential for shortening response times to life-threatening emergencies.

During May, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health hosted multiple educational opportunities for community members on "Time is Brain," an effective first step in stroke response, and “Stop the Bleed,” techniques used to reduce and stop blood loss.

As part of EMS Week and Stroke Month, life-saving EMS crews and clinical staff explained how the acronym FAST (Face, Arms, Speech and Time) is an easy way to identify a stroke, as well as how the EMS and LG Health teams work together to provide FAST care.

The LG Health Trauma team also provided training and tourniquets to school nurses in Lancaster County. The Trauma team continually trains community members, police and school nurses on “Stop the Bleed” techniques that allow faster response time through community activation.

LG Health staff provide “Time is Brain” education during an EMS appreciation event at Clipper Stadium.

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