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Mayo educates on preventable death, donates Stop the Bleed Kits for Trauma Awareness Month
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Mayo educates on preventable death, donates Stop the Bleed Kits for Trauma Awareness Month

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This May marks the 33rd year of Trauma Awareness Month, a designation given by former President Ronald Reagan in effort to increase prevention education and prevent unnecessary deaths.

Nationwide, injury causes over 150,000 deaths and three million injuries annually. The leading cause of death among those age 1 to 44, trauma accounts for 59% of all deaths and is the fourth leading cause of fatality among all ages. Causes of trauma include sports injury, vehicle crashes, concussions and head injury.

“What’s important to note is that most injuries are preventable,” says Kathy Roush, trauma coordinator at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse. “Making good decisions at home or on the road is a great place to start in establishing a culture of safety for yourself and the ones you love.”

Per the National Safety Council and CDC in 2018 the top three leading causes of preventable death, in order, were motor vehicle crashes, falls and suffocation. The top three causes of non-fatal preventable injuries treated in emergency departments were falls, being struck and overexertion.

Through Stop the Bleed, a national course which teaches techniques to halt bleeding by using hand pressure, wound packing and apply a tourniquet, individuals can be better prepared to help in traumatic situations. Mayo recently donated Stop the Bleed kits to the Boy Scouts Gateway Area Council and Girl Scouts of Badgerland Wisconsin to use at their respective camps, Camp Decorah and Camp Ehawee. Mayo staff helped train the leaders of both councils.

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“Here at Mayo Clinic and across the nation we are working to increase awareness of the Stop the Bleed Campaign,” says Rousch. (This program) puts bleeding control skills and equipment into the hands of the true first responders: the friends, family members and bystanders who have first contact with the injured person.”

For more information on Trauma Awareness Month, visit

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