The Pittsburgh Pirates partnered with Allegheny Heath Network Trauma Centers’ Trauma Prevention Community Outreach Program to offer Stop the Bleed training to 240 staff on March 20 and to install QuickClot bleeding control kits to enhance safety throughout PNC Park.

The training taught valuable first-aid skills to all game day supervisors at PNC Park. The addition will prove to be an added enhancement to the measures already in place to ensure the safety of Pirates fans and everyone who enters the ballpark.

The QuickClot Bleeding Control Bags will be placed in publicly accessible locations throughout PNC Park as each contains life-saving bleeding control equipment that will be readily available to staff; giving them the power to treat multiple injuries should an event occur.

This orange, high-visibility backpack lays flat when opened, and has internal mesh pockets for quick identification of the medical components. With convenient carry options and weighing less than 10 pounds, the BCB can be easily worn or transported to any location, treating up to 18 bleeding injuries. The bags include nitrate gloves, shears, tourniquets, QuickClot hemostatic dressings and more.

“Regardless of how close emergency crews are to the scene of an accident or emergency situation, bystanders can make a difference in outcomes, and even prevent death when it comes to blood loss,” says Dr. Allan Philp, medical director of Allegheny General Hospital Level One Shock Trauma Center. “Twenty percent of people who have died from traumatic injuries could have survived with fast bleeding control. Stop the Bleed is an important, nation-wide campaign to educate the public on the proper ways to help stop the blood flow of a wound under a variety of circumstances. We are pleased to partner with the Pirates on this, who are among the first professional sports venues in the nation to complete this training and install BCBs.”

Through a grant provided by Highmark, AHN has trained 3,000 teachers, students, law enforcement officers, emergency medical staff, and healthcare professionals in their Stop the Bleed program to date, with additional trainings scheduled for security staff at Highmark stadium, Monroeville municipal staff, Gateway School District and Pennsylvania state police this spring.

Learn To Quit Smoking at MVH

For those trying to kick the habit, but need a little help, Monongahela Valley Hospital’s Community Care Network is offering the Smoke Free for Life program sponsored by BREATHE Pennsylvania.

Participants in the program will learn how to overcome barriers that keep them from quitting, develop a customized “quit-plan” that will lead to success, learn the art of positive self-talk, practice sound techniques to manage stress, develop strategies that will prevent relapse and receive support in a positive and comfortable environment.

The seasonal sessions are broken down into four, two-hour courses at the Monongahela Valley HealthPlex in suite 270. The spring session will be Mondays in April (April 9, 16 and 23) from 1 to 3 p.m.; the summer session will be Tuesdays in June (June 5, 12, 19 and 26) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; the fall session will be Thursdays in September (September 6, 13, 20 and 27) from 10 a.m. to noon; and the winter session will be Tuesdays in November (November 6, 13, 20 and 27) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information or to register, call 724-258-1226.

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