STOP THE BLEED: Pikeville Medical Center Trauma Department personnel are pictured with Kentucky State Police Sgt. Jimmy Anderson. From left to right are Trauma Program Director Sandy Tackett, Trauma Data Coordinator Olivia Akers, Trauma Surgeon Rudy Judhan, Sgt. Jimmy Anderson, Trauma Nurse Practitioner Kenny Hawkins and Trauma Injury Prevention Coordinator Angie Reed.

PMC's Stop the Bleed campaign SAVES LIVES

Amanda Jo Lawson

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Trauma Department has spent several months implementing the Stop the Bleed campaign.


PMC is using this time to bring attention to the types of traumas people sustain and ways to prevent them while training law enforcement and first responders.


Stop the Bleed is a nationwide campaign, designed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives. The program is aimed to provide training on how to respond in an emergency bleeding situation.


"We are taking this opportunity to educate the public and help people become more aware of traumatic injuries with the implementation of "Stop the Bleed" and express the importance of safety," PMC Injury Prevention Coordinator Angie Reed said.


Annually, traumatic injuries account for over 41 million emergency department visits, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).


Reed said the campaign is something everyone should educate themselves on and be prepared in case of an emergency.


Kentucky State Police Sgt. Jimmy Anderson attended PMC's training. After the course, he kept his kit in the trunk of his police cruiser. Anderson recently responded to a call of a gunshot victim, and in quick response, applied the knowledge from the training.


"In a situation where seconds matter, I was thankful for the training I received," Sgt. Anderson said. "I believe the kit and my knowledge was crucial to assist in saving a life."


Trauma awareness, safety and prevention can make all the difference.


"I'm proud to help provide this course to local law enforcement and first responders," Dr. Rudy Judhan said. "The knowledge received from this course can make a substantial difference in the first few minutes in saving a life until the patient arrives to a trauma center."


He commended Sgt. Anderson for his quick actions and knowledge in helping save the patient's life.


PMC plans to continue training and hopes to reach as many people as possible.


"A part of PMC's mission is to provide quality care, this campaign is part of our outreach to the community to educate and train people in the region as the first line of defense," PMC Trauma Data Coordinator Olivia Akers said.


PMC is the only Level II trauma center in Kentucky and is verified by the American College of Surgeons. The trauma team is comprised of trauma surgeons, a number of specialty physicians and staff who stand ready 24/7 to treat traumatic injuries.


For more information about trauma prevention at PMC's Trauma Center, call 606-218-6334.