Working together to help Stop the Bleed

Stop the Bleed is a national campaign to save lives, and thanks to a donation from the Western Region of the Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition (HERC) they move their mission to La Crosse.

The campaign now supplies Bleeding Control Tool Kits to area emergency services, from Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance to the La Crosse Fire Department.

Kits include lifesaving tools meant for traumatic injuries causing large amounts of bleeding, such as tourniquets, gauze, trauma shears, gloves and more. Currently, every fire engine in La Crosse is equipped with a kit, as well as every Tri-State ambulance. 

The campaign next aims to educate the public in using the kits in emergency situations, because with traumatic injury every second counts.

"Bleeding happens fast in some cases and people can die, and with some of the basic equipment that is in these kits, you have tourniquets, you have some bandaging supplies, you have things that seal up wounds," Captain Jim Hillcoat of the La Crosse Fire Department elaborates.

"These are things that buy us time to get these patients, or these victims, the definitive care that they are going to get as they enter the EMS system and end up in the hospital," Hillcoat adds. 

Training is available for any member of the public through the national Stop the Bleed campaign. The education aims to train community members so they know how to use the kits if they come upon an incident where someone is badly bleeding before emergency services arrive.

"We aren’t always going to be able to get there on time," Emergency Medical Technician with Gundersen Health System Brittney Trybula explains, "if there’s a major bleed a person can bleed out in about five minutes, so community members are going to be the ones that are the first ones there, like all the bystanders that are on-scene." 

To schedule a training session and obtain a kit for yourself, a group or organization, contact Gundersen Health System’s trauma services at (608) 775-4204 or at (608) 775-3054.

Those interested may also visit Stop the Bleed’s website to find a class nearby.



More News


La Crosse
Prairie Du Chien
Snow Likely Tonight!

Snow Likely Tonight!

Last night we did not accumulate much snow as it was more of a rain/snow mix, as for tonight that

Connect With WXOW
Top Stories

Students sweeten La Crosse Community Thanksgiving Dinner

90 eighth grade Longfellow Middle School students spent a portion of their Friday morning baking 76 pumpkin pies for

Dayton says complications have kept him at Mayo for a month

Gov. Mark Dayton says he suffered lung damage after his latest surgery, keeping him at Mayo Clinic for a month.

DeVos proposes overhaul to campus sexual misconduct rules

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is proposing a major overhaul to the way colleges handle complaints of sexual misconduct.

Jennie-O recalling ground turkey in salmonella outbreak

Jennie-O-Turkey is recalling more than 91,000 pounds of raw turkey in an ongoing salmonella outbreak.

Judge orders White House to return Acosta pass

A federal judge in Washington is ordering the Trump administration to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN

Scroll to top
Skip to content