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From left: Lt. Jonathan Coyne, Jason Mol, Christine Olenick, Jack Armstrong, Lt. Jerry Trently and Michelle Spataro.

Since January 2017, Geisinger trauma services has trained more than 10,000 people through the national Stop the Bleed (Stb) program. Now, Geisinger is providing more than 2,300 bleeding control kits, to locations including Lackawanna county, to further arm first responders and residents in the battle against blood loss.

Containing plastic gloves, gauze, tourniquets and easy-to-follow instructions, the bleeding control kits are designed to be used by anyone to help control bleeding during a traumatic incident. According to the National Trauma Institute, 35 percent of fatalities occur due to blood loss before victims arrive at a hospital.

Local schools, churches and public locations will receive wall-mounted bleeding control stations, containing eight bleeding control kits each. Individual kits are being provided to emergency responders, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops and community groups.

The kits supplement the nationwide Stop the Bleed training program.

The GCMC ‘Stop the Bleed’ Team visited Archbald Community Ambulance and Rescue Squad recently to present them with two Stop the Bleed kits for the ambulances. Those kits have been placed on board of the ambulances to help keep the community safe.

Other recipients include:

Cottage Hose Co. in Carbondale: two individual kits; Justus Volunteer Fire Co.: two individual kits; Meredith Hose Co. in Childs: two individual kits and Olyphant Fire Department: two individual kits.