UVM Medical Center ramps up trauma training course

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Vermont's largest hospital is bringing a national campaign to the Green Mountain State in the hopes of keeping Vermonters safe in traumatic situations.

A few minutes -- even seconds -- could mean life or death when it comes to traumatic injuries.

"The person who can help you when something has happened -- it could be anything -- is the person right next to you," said Dr. Ajai Malhotra with the UVM Medical Center.

That's why doctors at the medical center have trained 1,300 people as part of the "Stop the Bleed" campaign. UVVMC holds monthly training sessions to teach people how to deal with traumatic injuries and promoting emergency kits anyone can buy, ranging from $70 to $100.

The national campaign started in response to the Sandy Hook shooting that killed 20 children and six adults six years ago next week. Since then, mass shootings have been on the minds of school safety officials, but the program goes beyond that.

Essex High School teachers and administrators have gone through Stop the Bleed trainings.

"I would say it's outside of the walls of this school as well," said Rob Evans, Vermont's School Safety Liason Officer. "These are good community caretaking life skills that we are teaching our students and faculty and staff members as well."

The skills can be beneficial for everyone and doctors at UVMMC say they can help with many injuries from farming and car accidents to skiing injuries.

"They can make a difference, they can save a life and this training provides them with the tools and the knowledge necessary to do it safely for the patient and for themselves," Dr. Malhotra said.

Evans says the state has received two grants worth $231,000 to assist with the Survive Vermont program, which combines Stop the Bleed and two other programs related to emergency incidents. Part of that program is to get Stop the Bleed response kits in schools next year. UVM Medical Center says they are working on that as well. All in the hopes of making sure everyone is prepared.

For more information on UVMMC Stop the Bleed trainings email: bleedingcontrol@uvmhealth.org.

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