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Stop the Bleed: Saving Lives through Preparation

Navicent Health Foundation, Hospital Equip Bystanders to Become Initial Responders

May is National Trauma Awareness Month, and in recognition of this month, as well as Atrium Health Navicent's continuous efforts to train the public in "Stop The Bleed," the health system has placed "Stop The Bleed" kits throughout The Medical Center, Navicent Health, including highly trafficked lobbies, physician buildings and parking decks.

"For many years, people have been trained in CPR and shown how to use AEDs to provide immediate care for patients suffering heart attacks. Stop the Bleed is very similar - average citizens are trained to provide immediate care for bleeding victims until first responders arrive," said Kristal Smith, educator with Trauma Services, Atrium Health Navicent.

"Stop the Bleed" is a national awareness campaign designed to educate and equip bystanders to help in a bleeding emergency until professional responders arrive. The "Stop the Bleed" kits, along with automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) placed at The Medical Center, Navicent Health were funded by a grant from Navicent Health Foundation.

"The Medical Center, Navicent Health, and the Navicent Health Foundation are committed to enabling community members and teammates to take action during emergency situations. Navicent Health Foundation is pleased to support the strategic placement of these resources on our campus," said Ellen Terrell, Chief Development Officer for Navicent Health Foundation.

Given proper training and equipment, ordinary people taking action can save lives. Visit www.stopthebleed.org to locate and register for a "Stop the Bleed" class within your area.

About Atrium Health Navicent

Atrium Health Navicent, the leading provider of healthcare in central and south Georgia, is committed to its mission of elevating health and wellbeing through compassionate care. Providing more than 1,000 beds and offering care in 53 specialties at more than 50 facilities throughout the region, Atrium Health Navicent provides care for healthcare consumers' through an academic medical center; community, pediatric and rehabilitation hospitals; urgent care centers; physician practices; diagnostic centers; home health; hospice and palliative care; and a life plan community. Atrium Health Navicent is dedicated enhancing health and wellness for individuals throughout the region through nationally-recognized quality care, community health initiatives and collaborative partnerships. For more information, please visit www.navicenthealth.org.