Would you know how to respond in to an emergency situation? Would you have the tools you’d need on hand? Those questions are ones that the Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center plans to answer through the Stop the Bleed.

The program is supported by a grant from the Guernsey County Foundation, a community fund of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO), and will support the distribution of over 100 kits throughout Guernsey County following a convening of first responders and other stakeholders to determine where kits should be distributed.

Prioritizing schools, distribution of Stop the Bleed kits will be accompanied by corresponding training to ensure kits are used to the greatest efficacy possible. The training and kits will provide community members with the skills and tools necessary to learn proper bleeding control techniques to ensure communities are prepared to respond to emergency situations where serious trauma is present.

"We can never be too prepared to address emergency situations where trauma is present," said Dr. Michael Sarap, a surgeon at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center and the founder director of the Stop the Bleed program in Guernsey County. "Time is one of the most crucial factors in these situations, and by training individuals in proper bleeding control techniques, we can save lives."

Distribution of Stop the Bleed kits and accompanying training has already taken place with the East Guernsey Local School District and Cambridge City Schools, with training planned with other school districts in the county, as well as other community institutions.

Open education is also planned for those in the community who are interested. To learn more about Stop the Bleed and how you can participate, please reach out to Kathy Jefferis, director of education at the Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center.

The Guernsey County Foundation was created in 1988 and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the Guernsey County community, both now and in the future. Through a unique partnership with FAO, the Guernsey County Foundation works to raise and distribute funds locally while FAO provides support to help achieve that mission. The Guernsey County Foundation receives contributions and bequests of all sizes from individuals to assist in the funding of projects and charitable organizations.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can invest in your local community, please contact the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio at 740-753-1111 or www.AppalachianOhio.org.