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​UPMC Partners with FBI and the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh to Provide “Stop the Bleed” Training to Police Officers

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WHAT: Nearly 200 law enforcement officers will be trained in the management of traumatic bleeding injuries. Officers will learn tourniquet use and basic first aid for victims of severe blood loss from injuries such as gunshot wounds, mass casualty incidents, motor vehicle accidents and other traumatic events. The training focuses not only on the response to the injured during mass casualty events but on techniques for self-rescue. UPMC will provide tourniquets to all participants.
WHY: Law enforcement officers are at risk for line-of-duty injuries and often are the first on the scene of mass-casualty incidents. UPMC is leading a tristate initiative as part of the national “Stop the Bleed” campaign. The program’s main focus is to train bystanders to assist people who have an active bleeding site as a result or injury.
• Colonel Todd E. Rasmussen, M.D., USAF MC, director, U.S. Department of Defense Combat Casualty Care Research Program
• Raquel Forsythe, M.D., associate medical director, trauma surgery, UPMC Presbyterian
• Matthew Neal, M.D., trauma surgeon, UPMC
• Keith Murray, M.D., emergency medicine physician, UPMC
• Brad Orsini, director of Jewish community security, Jewish Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh
WHEN: 9 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 14
WHERE: FBI/Monroeville Public Safety Training Center, 2465 Johnston Road, Monroeville, Pa., 15146
Note to Media: To cover this event, prearrangements must be made by contacting Rick Pietzak at 412-523-6922 or