FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2018
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) announced today that the department is partnering with the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF) to provide life-saving ‘Stop the Bleed’ tourniquet training to its troopers. Additionally, members will receive training on how to stop bleeding using gauze. The 90-minute course combines lecture and with hands-on training. Upon completion of the training course, each member will receive a combat application tourniquet to carry with them while on duty. The tourniquets are provided through a grant funded by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).
“This training will provide potentially life-saving instruction and tourniquets to our troopers,” said Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker. “This knowledge will allow troopers to act quickly to save a life, possibly even their own, in the event of a traumatic injury.”
The following PTSF health partners have graciously agreed to host training sessions for PSP members:
Albert Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
Allegheny General Hospital
Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital
Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center
Hahnemann University Hospital
Lankenau Medical Center
Lehigh Valley Health Network
Penn State Hershey Peds Trauma
Penn State Health, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Robert Packer Hospital
St Mary Medical Center
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
UPMC Presbyterian Hospital
York Hospital Wellspan Health
‘Stop the Bleed’ is a national campaign to improve survival from life-threatening blood loss. UPMC and Copeland Regional Trauma Council have partnered to become the nation’s largest ‘Stop the Bleed’ initiative. The program’s goal is to train the public and first responders to stop bleeding using dressings, compression, and tourniquets.
To learn more about the Stop the Bleed initiative, visit stopthebleedtoday.com. For more information on the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Cpl. Adam Reed, PSP, 717-783-5556
Juliet Altenburg, PTSF, 717-697-5512