Local EMT, Gundersen taking “Stop the Bleed” initiative into their own hands

An emergency responder in La Crosse is taking a national trauma effort into her own hands.

EMT Brittney Trybula and Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance are donating bleeding control kits and teaching western Wisconsin businesses and groups how to use them. It builds off the “Stop the Bleed” initiative which encourages everyone to be trained and capable of helping during a bleeding emergency.

While the efforts were sparked by mass shootings, local trauma kits can be used in a wide range of situations.

“Say there’s somebody who falls down the stairs, there’s lots of stairs in [UWL’s] Centennial and somebody’s bleeding from their head, facial injuries bleed a lot so if you have gauze go ahead and take the gauze out of the kit and apply direct pressure to that injury,” said Trybula.

Trybula and Tri-State are willing to host lessons for organizations across our area. You can learn more about the effort and sign up for your own group training at Gundersen Health System’s website.

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