“Stop the Bleed” event trains over 450 Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Business employees

Lansing, Mich. – Hundreds of State of Michigan employees learned how to identify life-threatening bleeding and how they can help intervene in an emergency during a recent training event sponsored by the Michigan Trauma Coalition.

Stop the Bleed instructors from nearly 30 Michigan trauma centers worked seamlessly together to provide an engaging educational experience. Anita Barksdale, BSN, RN, Laura Walker, RN, EMT, CFRN, and Dr. Joel Robinson, DO, FACEP presented lectures to the three classes of DTMB employees September 4, 2019. Volunteer instructors provided hands-on training for over 450 participants, allowing for practice packing wounds and using a tourniquet. “Their efforts made this event possible” stated Matthew Budd, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC.

“Tourniquets were taboo for so long and they thought that this was a last-ditch effort and now the evidence is showing that using these sooner can actually save more lives” explained Chris Stimson, BS, RN. “People who come home from this program understand how to recognize what life-threatening bleeding is and when somebody might be in real danger said Budd.

To find a Stop the Bleed training in your area, or to become an instructor, visit www.bleedingcontrol.org, or contact MTC if you are interested in volunteering for future coalition-sponsored training events at [email protected].