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UK HealthCare Trauma hosting public event for Stop the Bleed Day

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 13, 2024) — The UK HealthCare Trauma program is hosting a Stop the Bleed Day event to teach community members how to save lives during emergencies.

This year, National Stop the Bleed Day is May 23. The goal of this day is to better prepare the public to save lives by raising awareness of basic actions to stop life-threatening bleeding following everyday emergencies and man-made and natural disasters. 

The UK HealthCare Trauma program will be hosting an educational event that is open to the public. Community members can stop by at any time to learn how they can be helpful bystanders during an emergency. Participants will be taught by members of the Trauma team through hands-on simulations. 

Date/Time: May 23, 2024, 4-6 p.m.

Location: Lexington Fire Department, Station #20, 3001 Arrowhead Drive, Lexington, KY 40503

Severe bleeding can result in death within minutes before paramedics have a chance to respond. Uncontrolled bleeding is the leading cause of preventable death from trauma. In some cases, the difference between life and death for a victim of an incident is the bravery of a bystander.

Research suggests bystanders with little or no scientific training can save lives during an emergency. Just like responding to respiratory distress with CPR or intervening with an automatic defibrillator (AED) during cardiac arrest, compressing a wound after a traumatic injury improves the chances of survival for trauma victims. 

UK HealthCare is the hospitals and clinics of the University of Kentucky. But it is so much more. It is more than 10,000 dedicated health care professionals committed to providing advanced subspecialty care for the most critically injured and ill patients from the Commonwealth and beyond. It also is the home of the state’s only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, a Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for the tiniest and sickest newborns, the region’s only Level 1 trauma center and Kentucky’s top hospital ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

As an academic research institution, we are continuously pursuing the next generation of cures, treatments, protocols and policies. Our discoveries have the potential to change what’s medically possible within our lifetimes. Our educators and thought leaders are transforming the health care landscape as our six health professions colleges teach the next generation of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals, spreading the highest standards of care. UK HealthCare is the power of advanced medicine committed to creating a healthier Kentucky, now and for generations to come.