La Crosse, WI (WXOW) – A local EMT is bringing a nationwide initiative to La Crosse. It’s meant to help you during the first few minutes of an emergency.
It was the 2012 Sandy Hook mass shooting that made Tri-State Ambulance EMT Brittney Trybula want to make a change, “it just kind of got me thinking that we need something like this to be proactive instead of reactive.”
She is bringing the national Stop the Bleed campaign to La Crosse. It hopes to empower the general public to make a difference in a life-threatening emergency by teaching them what to do if someone is bleeding.
“There are two pairs of gloves to protect yourself from blood exposure, trauma shears to cut their clothes, off a tourniquet, compressed gauze,” explained Trybula.
These kits will be placed around UW-La Crosse and other spots in the area. You can find them where the AED’s are located.
“It;s just another level of preparedness for the university,” said UW La Crosse Police Officer Dave Pehl. He knows how crucial it is to be the first one on scene. He used an AED on a professor four years ago.
But since a police officer, EMT or firefighter sometimes can’t get to the emergency right away you might have to step up and help out.
“They’re going to be the first ones to respond they’re going to be the people who are on scene and take matters into their own hands before we get there,” said Trybula. She added that you can bleed out of your main arteries in five to seven minutes so every second counts.
Training is available for any member of the public through the national stop the bleed campaign. Trybula hopes more area organizations will get the training and use the kits.
To schedule a session and obtain a kit for yourself, a group or organization, contact Gundersen Health System’s trauma services at (608) 775-4204 or (608) 775-3054.
Those interested may also visit Stop the bleed’s website to find a training class nearby.